Chalkboard Outdoor Coffee Table


Do you remember that movie “The Money Pit” with Shelley Long and Tom Hanks?

I saw it for the first time in my late teens and laughed my head off. I think I might have laughed so hard that I cried. All of the problems this poor couple ran into as they were attempting to turn the “pit” into their dream home were just so crazy and far-fetched and hysterical!

Then we became home-owners. And watched the movie again.

But this time, I didn’t laugh quite as hysterically. I still cracked up over their mishaps and wackiness but something had changed. Suddenly I felt a kinship with this unfortunate couple. Oh sure, I’ve never had a bathtub fall through the ceiling (Dear Lord, please don’t let that ever happen!), but sometimes being a home-owner feels like you are truly just throwing money into a “pit”.

thrift store tv stand

This has been a particularly “pit” filled year for us…and it’s only June! New flooring, having to replace two major appliances, cracked stucco which must be patched to prevent water damage, painting the entire house to cover up the patched stucco, tree removals to keep roots from going into the foundation and the list goes on…and on…and on.

So, when I found myself wishing for a little coffee table for the sitting area on our deck I knew it would have to fit only one criteria. CHEAP!

A $10 TV stand from the thrift store definitely met the criteria.

The base got a couple coats of spray paint and the top? Well…the top needed something a little more fun.

chalkboard topped outdoor coffee table

So I turned it into a chalkboard.
And wrote out a line from one of my favorite Summer-y songs.
I loved it right away.
It “made me feel fine…blowing through the jasmine in my mind.”

chalkboard outdoor coffee table

Room to store my beverage tub was an added bonus.

outdoor coffee table with storage

aged terra cotta pots

After the paint dried and I wrote out the line from my favorite Summer-y song, I sat on the bench and realized that the summer breeze wasn’t just blowing through the jasmine in my mind.

It was actually blowing through the jasmine growing up onto the lattice behind me.

Which is so much better, of course!


And sitting there with my little $10 chalkboard outdoor coffee table in front of me, I remembered just how thankful I was for this “pit”!

It might not be perfect…but it’s our pit after all.

Today is the official first day of Summer!

And I’m so excited to be Stop Number 10 at the Fun in the Sun Blog Hop!

Fun in the sun summer blog hop resized

Have you seen all of the AMAZING projects shared so far?

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia showed how to make Pom Pom Lanterns

paper lantern

Kim from Sand and Sisal showed off this Simple Summer Centerpiece


Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage made a fun Aloha Summer Pool Noodle Wreath


Becca from Adventures in Decorating shared her gorgeous Summer Porch


Heather from Setting for Four shared her lovely Summer Mantel


Debbie from Debbiedoos shared 5 Quick Summer Craft Ideas


Courtney from French Country Cottage shared a lovely Summer Table Setting

mason jar table setting

Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline made this gorgeous Beach Inspired Dessert


And Maryann from Domestically Speaking made the Ultimate All American Sundae


AND we can’t wait for YOU to share your Fun in the Sun projects with us at the Giant Linky Party on June 27th! 
PLUS you can also enter to win a KINDLE FIRE! 

Fun in the sun summer blog hop

Be sure to head over to visit Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road on Monday to see her beautiful Summer Mantel.

Here’s a little sneak peek!

yellow bliss road summer mantel

So glad you joined me for some Fun in the Sun today!


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  1. says

    That’s one of *my* favorite “Summer-y” songs, too, Vanessa. I love how you repurposed your TV stand … awesome paint color and genius to add the chalkboard paint on top! I’m sure you’ll be adding lots of different summer quotes and lyrics to it over the next couple of months! (Great beverage container housed below, too!)
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  2. says

    Vanessa, So funny! I know what you mean. We are making over a bunch of room and put in an electric dog fence, and replaced 2 garage doors, and had our falling down stone steps replaces… we have to paint the porch and floor this season too! Misery loves company!!!!
    Your outdoor coffee table is better than one from PB or Restor. Hardward! I love the chalkboard. When I saw the before picture I did not think there was much you could do with it. You worked magic… really! I think this little table is a winner!
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  3. says

    This is so copy cat-able. I love the idea. As for the movie, we saw it back when we were living in The Money Pit. We still laughed, but OY… My niece has just put in an offer (and it has been accepted) on an old house to fix up. You have reminded me that I need to direct her to this movie. She’ll be OK with me doing so since from the beginning, I was the ONLY one in the family rooting for her to do this.
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  4. says

    This is amazing! And I think of all the microwave stands we’ve given away or left on the street. I’m loving chalkboard everything these days! Might have to scrounge one up for our back yard. Great idea, Vanessa!
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  5. says

    I feel your money pit pain! Roof, whole-home heating unit, exterior paint, appliances… Ouch. Sure sucks the money out of your decorating budget 😉 You found the perfect fit though. That couldn’t look any cuter or be more perfect! Love how you can pop your little bev tub underneath. We always need that extra storage.
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  6. Ellen says

    I think we are in the same “pit” this year. I just want to do little things on the cheap to update but it keeps leading to new flooring, appliances giving up, etc. Love the table – really great find & the chalkboard top is a cute idea.

  7. says

    Love the use of the chalkboard. We just did a corner cabinet and created a door with a chalkboard front! Kids and adults loved it!!!

    Check it out at ttps://

  8. says

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon.

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