T.V. Tray to Activity Table

I love to re-purpose things.  My MIL has started giving me her old things to see if I can do anything with them.

This is the latest “thing” she wanted to see if I could fix up.

An old T.V. tray.  It is pretty plain. But has a cool tray that props up.

But really what person with children has time to sit in bed and watch T.V.?   So it was time to make it into something we could use.

Here we are at the half way mark.  I know it looks terrible.  Don’t worry it will get better! I had spray painted it all cream.  Then went over it with a dark wood stain.  Then the kids and I banged on it with a hammer to get some nice dents in it.  Then we spray painted the whole thing cream again and,  sanded it and dry brushed some gray on.  Then the magic happened!

We made the lifting tray into a chalkboard.

And covered the open “legs” with paper. I put about 6 coats of mod podge on the paper to protect it and make it stronger.  Then I had to make some cute bags to put the chalk and crayons in.  And an eraser. The frog fabric is the eraser.  It is a new cloth diaper covered in fabric and sewed together.  It was left over from when I made burp rags for baby bug.

And there you have it a portable activity table that any chocolate covered face kid will love!

Good for coloring in a coloring book or drawing with chalk.

And because it is open at both sides more than one can draw at a time.


The only thing I bought for this project was the chalkboard paint and chalk.  I have most of it left over.  I spent around $5.00. I am looking forward to using the rest of the chalkboard paint!

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  1. What a cute idea…what a very creative lady you are. I love things like this 🙂

  2. Thank you Mrs.C you are very sweet!

  3. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    What an absolutely charming and fantastic idea!! Super creative! Well done! 🙂

  4. What a brilliant idea for a play table!

    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your fancy play dress on my round tuit post this week!
    Round Tuit 49
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. this is a brilliant idea! I love it . so creative.


  6. SUPER cute! I love!

  7. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. How fun is that for the kiddos to play on. Cute idea!

  9. My sister gave me one of these ’cause she got tired of it. This would be great for the grandchildren! Thanks for posting such an adorable craft! Repurpose….love it!!

  10. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I am visiting from Reasons to Skip the Housework and I am a new follower!!
    Have a great day!

  11. Very cute and creative! Way to be!

  12. Hi there! We are still catching up from last week’s party but just had to tell you how much we love this darling craft table! You did a fabulous job! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday and we hope to see you again this week!

  13. This turned out so great! I love it, especially the chalkboard. Stopped by from Momnivore’s Creative Juice Thursday

  14. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Hi there- Stopping back by to say thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  15. Fabulous idea!

  16. Love the redo. Nice job. Oh, and I love your sons boots!

  17. That is darling! Great job!

  18. idesign says:

    what a great idea! great post 🙂

  19. Ivy and Elephants says:

    OMG…I knew I shouldn’t have given my tray desk away dad blammit. This is the coolest and most awesome project. I love it…yep I am going to buy me another desk tray. Thanks sooooo much for sharing this amazing idea.


  20. Ivy and Elephants says:

    i am so upset that I gave my tray away. Not to worry, I will be getting another one. This is such an awesome idea. I love it!


  21. That looks like such a fun caddy for the kiddos, you did a fantastic job on the repurposing!!

  22. Kadie! Thanks so much for letting me feature your craft table in my round-up of 20 DIY Chalkboard Projects. It’s amazing…and makes me want a craft table just like it!

    The Thinking Closet


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