DIY Ping Pong Table

*This is a sponsored post by me for Lowes.  They provided me with the means to make this DIY Ping Pong Table.  However all statements and opinions are my own. 

As my children have gotten older and their friends become more important and influential in their lives, we feel a growing need to spend time with our children AND their friends.  So we try to find creative ways to encourage our children to want to invite their friends into our home.

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Now…you don’t have to have an expensive home and all the latest gadgets to do so.  But you do need to have some food (especially if they are teenage boys) and something for them that they enjoy doing.  Well, my son loves to play ping pong with his buddies.  And well, we didn’t have a ping pong table…or the real space for one to reside permanently.

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So of course, I suggested we make a Ping Pong Table Top for the kids to use.  I was a little bit concerned as to how the final product would actually work and if the ball would behave…well like a Ping Pong ball should behave…or if the kids would not enjoy using it.  The good news is that it feels and acts just like a real Ping Pong table…just with a bit smaller dimensions.  Hurray!!

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I designed it to have a big Chalkboard on the back side of it for when it is not being used as a Ping Pong Table.  When not in use, we prop it against the wall and the kids can use it as a chalkboard to play on.  This way it is out of the way and STILL functional.  Now, we don’t normally have it out on our back deck but down in the basement. 

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But it has been fun to bring it out onto the back deck when the kids friends are over and are hanging out together outside…and it is easy to do since it is portable.  In fact all you need is a table and you can set up your Ping Pong Table wherever you want too.  {We lay it on top of a blanket to protect the table top and the chalkboard}.

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This was one of the easiest LowesCreator projects we have created. 

 

You will need the following for this DIY Ping Pong Table project:

  • one 4 x8 sheet of MDF
  • two 12 foot lengths of moldings for frame around chalkboard side
  • Non-Sanded Grout
  • Valspar Paint in eggshell finish in two colors (gray and white)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Glue
  • Ping Pong Net
  • Paint Brush/Roller
  • Wood clamps
  • chalk

We bought a 4 x 8 sheet of MDF.  Then we cut off a foot off of the length so our final board measured 4 x 7.  EASY!  Then I simply painted the surface of the Ping Pong table with a Charcoal Gray Valspar Paint in an eggshell finish.

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Then for the Chalkboard side of the table we added some Non-Sanded Grout to the same paint (in a separate container) to make our own DIY Chalkboard Paint. 

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Did you know you could do that?  So easy.  I shared the exact recipe for Homemade Chalkboard Paint here a couple of years ago: Homemade Chalkboard Paint.  It is SO easy and you can buy the Non-Sanded Grout in the tiling aisle at Lowe’s. 

I wanted a frame around the chalkboard instead of just having a board because I think it finishes it off so nicely…especially if it is going to be displayed against the wall of your home.  Simply take your two 12 foot lengths of molding.  We used a door frame molding for ours.  There are so many fun options to choose from, but we got one that was a bit flexible to be able to move with the table when we carried it from one place to another.

Cut the moldings so they fit across the top, bottom and sides of the board and use a 45 degree cut on the ends so they match up like a picture frame around the corners.  Glue with wood glue.  Our favorite wood glue to use is Gorilla Glue.  It works awesome!!  Hold the molding in place with some wood clamps and let dry overnight.

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Measure an inch around the entire Ping Pong Table side and then tape it off with Painters tape.  Be sure you have a really good seal on the painting edge of the tape.  I ran my fingers over it several times to be sure.  This will create a nice crisp paint edge. 

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Then tape off a line down the exact middle of the length of the table.  I made this the same width of an inch.  You will need two strips of tape on each side with an inch of space in the middle that you will be painting white.  Paint these taped off areas white.  For best results, do not let your paint dry.  Carefully pull up the tape while it is still a little wet.  I find this allows the tape to come off cleanly without pulling up any paint.

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Pick up a Ping Pong Table net that can be different sizes, and the paddles and balls.  You can find them in a lot of different places. 

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Then welcome your kids friends into your home so you can get to know them.  I am a huge believer in this.  Hang around discreetly.  It is a good way to get to know them and their friends.  You might even begin to feel like they belong at your house all the time.  They might even call you mom #2 and drink all of your orange juice in one sitting ;)!

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And you can sit out on your back porch and learn a little bit more about what great friends your kids have and gain a little insight into the type of people your man children are growing into…sniff, sniff!

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As always, I would love to know if you have any further questions about this project or if you build your own DIY Ping Pong Table.  Happy Creating! xo

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Comments

    • says

      Thanks Mindy. It really has been a lot of fun…although I don’t enjoy losing to my kids as often as I do :)

  1. Crystal says

    Awesome idea!! I love having my kids friends hang out at our house. This is a perfect thing for my teenagers!! Hmmm….hubby just asked if there was any project he could do…he’s in need of a new project. Thinking this would be perfect!! (I know I could do it, but if he is willing, why steal his joy) Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  2. Joanna S. says

    What a great idea! Love it. I think I see a trip to Lowes in the very near future. :)

  3. says

    This is so adorable! I love how you made the backside a chalkboard- we don’t have any kids, but as two young newlyweds, I can see us getting a lot of use out of this! Especially since we live in an apartment and don’t have to take up valuable space with a full table.
    With that being said- I was actually researching how to become a Lowes Creative Blogger and was directed to your website- could you tell me how you became one of those? Did they contact you or did you contact them?
    Thanks for any info you could give me!

  4. Kathy P. says

    I am thinking of doing this. I wonder if you could cut in half and use hinges to make it foldable.

    • says

      I bet you totally could too! That would save a lot on storage space and make it so much easier to move around! Great idea!!

  5. Kathy P. says

    Also, we already have a chalk board so I am thinking of painting a checker and backgammon board on the back. Maybe I will even paint a poker table on one half. I am very excited about this idea. Thanks so much.

  6. Ashley says

    What did you use for the bottom of the table? How thick was the wood? Love it!

    Thanks,
    Ashley

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