It’s time for another quick and easy craft tutorial from the cottage! This is a project that I actually completed just after we moved last summer. I was in need of a chalkboard to write to-do lists on in my office. Realizing that I had leftover chalkboard paint from the fridge project (that’s a story for a future post!) and extra spray paint from the repainting a metal headboard, I decided to make my own chalkboard using a garage sale picture frame that was lying around. Sounds crazy right? [I blame my insanity on the stress of moving and starting a new job simultaneously] I had my doubts too, but I figured I didn’t have much to lose! Turns out that the results were outstanding!! Here are four simple steps to make your own chalkboard.
(1) Find a Frame | Any frame will work for this project. Choose a size that will fit the space you have to hang your chalkboard, and make sure that if the frame is missing the glass, you have a piece cut at your local hardware store. I picked up this relic at a garage sale for only a buck, because I was in love with the ornate details.
(2) Add Some Color | If you aren’t in love with the color of your frame (I just wasn’t digging that rusty yellowish gold hue), coat it with an even layer of spray paint. I chose to use flat paint because a) it was what I had sitting around the house, and b) it went well with the flat texture of the chalkboard paint.
(3) Chalk it Up | Use a small foam roller to paint the piece of glass with several thick coats of chalkboard paint. I did 4 or 5 coats, and allowed plenty of drying time. It is recommended that you wait 3 – 4 days before writing on your new chalkboard surface. Patience isn’t a strong point for me, but I survived the wait! Once your chalked up glass is fully dry, place it in the frame, and use a piece of chalk to “charge it”. You will use the long flat side of the chalk to cover the entire surface, and then use a wet sponge to clean it off. Once it’s dry, your chalkboard is ready for use!
(4) Hang and Admire | Find a spot for your new chalkboard, and hang it as you would any picture frame. Scribble notes, to-do lists, or doodles, then stand back to admire your handiwork!
Total Cost = $15 | Frame ($1), Chalkboard Paint ($10), Spray Paint ($4).
As I mentioned, this project could not be any easier! Perfect for a kid’s bedroom, office, or entryway. Also, consider making a chalkboard as a gift for a friend. Include a few sticks of chalk tied with a pretty ribbon for a lovely, handmade present. Happy crafting!