That four-legged relic you've kept since uni? Nothing to write home about. Layer on a few coats of chalkboard paint, though, and it's a surface that holds ideas, jokes, and designs, along with your meals.
The Design*Sponge blog suggests it only takes about two coats of chalkboard paint and a three-day wait for it to dry to turn pretty much any flat furniture into a creative eating space. Since the gray/black tones do wonders at covering up scuffs and nicks, you could likely rehab even the most busted-looking curb discoveries for this purpose. It could definitely win over the kids, too, and keep them at the table long enough for at least their first few bites to digest.
Hit the link for more pictures, and share your own blackboard paint ideas or tips in the comments.
before & after: kate's chalkboard table [Design*Sponge]