We stapled thick, dense cardboard panels (that we had on hand) to the front and painted them white.
We made simple braces on either side.
We placed a shelf inside for extra cups and other supplies, and added the table top, cut out and fixed together to create a horseshoe shape. We used thin plywood underneath to join two cut pieces together. We fixed the counter top to the pallets with metal L brackets – two in front and one on each side.
DIY Chalkboard Paint:
I keep going back to this site for chalkboard paint recipes. We used the Calcium Carbonate recipe ratios, but used dry wall powder because that’s what we had on hand. Worked like a charm.
The recipe is:
- Dissolve 2 tablespoons Calcium Carbonate Powder (or dry wall powder) into 1 tablespoon water.
- Mix well into 1 cup black or dark blue latex paint.
We used Bistro Markers to write in our price lists, but please note, it left a bit of a ghost layer behind when wiped off. We thought it was worth it for the vibrancy of the colour – and we’ll just repaint with another coat of chalkboard paint if we want to reuse the boards. Easy peasy.
It’s perfect and wonderful with regular chalk, though.
We added a pallet (with the gaps filled in) as a step in behind the counter. The counter top is pretty high up!
We had to dismantle it for transport, but re assembling it was quick (less than 10 minutes).