This weekend I got a little crafty and I LOVE the results.
I found these tables on clearance at IKEA a few weeks ago. I hated them in their original state, but knew they had potential. My first thought was to paint them with chalk board paint. I soon came to my senses about actually having to paint, and then after having chalk around (my skin is crawling even thinking about it), and I came up with something (I think) much better.
Seriously, there's not much to it. I just used alternating strips of black and white duck tape (that I found at Walmart). The tape is so thick that it's a cinch to line up. In less than an hour, I had all four tables done. I used 2 rolls of each color to do the four tables. I used 4 of this table, but if I had to do it again I would get 2 black tables and 2 white tables and I would have only needed 1 roll of each color of tape, but it would have been a little more work to measure out the stripes.
Quick, easy, and cheap. Wait, that sounds wrong...