I bought this outdated, old ladyish dinning table and chair set for $25 on Craigslist. Seeing it was solid wood, I knew it would be easy to fix the stains and scratches with a little soap and water and some sand paper.
Step 1: After sand down, prime
After sanding the table I used some soap and water, as suggested on the chalkboard spray paint can, to remove any left over dust and grime. The previous owner had kids so there was a lot of unidentifiable crusties.
Step 2: Prep table for chalkboard paint top
Although I do not have a picture of the next step, I used tape to edge the top of the table so I could spray the chalkboard paint. Seeing it was easily 100 plus degrees outside here in Killeen, Texas, the paint dried very fast and I was able to apply several coats in a matter of a few minutes. Once the top was done I removed the tape and began brushing on the wood stain to the rim of the table and legs.
Step 3: Onto the ugly chairs
Some people may like this style of dinning chair and I do not knock those who do, however, if they were going to masculinized I needed to pull out my handsaw and get to cutting the center pieces, the top knobs (3 of the 4 as my husband wanted "his" chair to have the round knobs) and the bottom front bars.
Step 4: Prime and Spray paint
After all of the chairs had been chopped up and primed I took to the yard to spray paint them using a black flat paint. I am still not convinced yet about using spray paint as opposed to conventional brush on. Yes it seems to be quicker and smoother, but I haven't mastered the right technique so it seems like half of it gets blown away. Plus, there is something primal about using a brush.
I managed to get about one and a half chairs done with one can of spray paint. I used four cans in total.