A few months ago I whipped up a little something to help brighten up a corner of our dining room.
As you can clearly see our yard sale bench as seen better days. The upholstery weight remnant just didn't hold up to the chalk dust that our Chalkcloth (TM) board generates, so it was oilcloth to the rescue.1/2 yard of red apple oilcloth, a pair of scissors and a staple gun to quickly give the bench a facelift.
Fold up the second half of the corner and keep it in place with a few more staples, I had to give them a whack with hammer to get them all the way in.
Now when there's a ton of chalk dust on the bench after a long day of homeschooling, I just grab a wet dishcloth and whip it down and it's as good as new! Check out how to make a chalk cloth board out of a reclaimed piece of plywood we had laying around.