How To Make A Chalkboard Table

Project Overview

Build your kids a fun place to sit and draw with this great D.I.Y. chalkboard table.


Always remember to keep the kids well away from hand and power tools.


  • Chalkboard Paint 1L
  • Chalk
  • Bolts, Nuts and Washers 38mm
  • Liquid Nails
  • Plywood 2400 x 1200mm
  • Heavy Duty Castor Wheels
  • Packing Pallets x 2


  • Hole Saw
  • Hammer Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Sanding Block
  • Builders Pencil
  • Spanner
  • Caulking Gun
  • Paint Brushes
  • Measuring Tape

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark holes on the packing pallet
2 Pre-drill
3 Screw part one
4 Tighten the nuts
5 Cut and paint
6 Screw part two
7 Liquid nails
8 Press firmly
9 Finish
  • Step 1. Mark holes on the packing pallet

    Using the castor wheels as a handy guide, mark the screw holes on each corner of the packing pallet.

  • Step 2. Pre-drill

    Pre-drill the holes with drill bits that are the right size for your bolts and nuts.
  • Step 3. Screw part one

    Place your castor wheels onto the packing pallet, over the pre-drilled holes, then screw four bolts through the top surface.

  • Step 4. Tighten the nuts

    Using a spanner, tighten the nuts onto the bolts to keep the castor wheels in place.

  • Step 5. Cut and paint

    Now it’s time to create your chalkboard top. Measure the size of the table top and cut the plywood with the circular saw. Then paint the marine plywood with Dulux Chalkboard Paint.

    Handy hint: Lay the pallet on the plywood to mark the size of the chalkboard top
  • Step 6. Screw part two

    Screw the two pallets together using galvanised timber screws. Make sure the castors are on the bottom side.

    Handy hint: Be sure there are no visible screw heads which could cut little fingers
  • Step 7. Liquid nails

    Spread a fair amount of liquid nails onto the top palings of the pallet.
  • Step 8. Press firmly

    Lower the table top (the painted marine plywood) on top of the packing pallet and press firmly to make sure the liquid nails stick.

    Handy hint: Sand the pallet smooth to make sure it is splinter free

  • Step 9. Finish

    Using a hole saw, cut a hole in the top that will fit a small cup to hold the chalk.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.

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