Any kid would be happy to have a chalkboard table. Although such table could be an awesome solution for you too. A chalkboard coffee table would give you many possibilities including writing notes, playing games and even sketching. The process of making such table isn’t hard at all. You need some old table with a good frame or a new cheap table from IKEA, a piece of 1/4 inch MDF, a can of chalkboard spray paint and some bolts to attach the top to the base.
First of all you need to cut the top to the size of the frame and drill some holes for the bolts to fix them together. After that you can sand everything and apply several coats of chalkboard paint on the tabletop. When it’s dry you can start to enjoy it from playing chess on it.