I’ve been eyeing this kind of project for a while now. Turning a regular item (I’ve seen people use plates, picture frames, even their own fridge) into a chalkboard. So I really wanted to give it a shot. I headed down to my local Michaels and I picked up some supplies, namely a plain wooden board in the shape of a tag, and some chalkboard paint. Then it was time for the fun!
I took this project to the balcony, just in case things got a little messy. After laying down the wooden board on some trash bags, I grabbed the chalkboard paint. This is what I used:
My plan was to make a double-sided chalkboard, so my intentions were to spray both sides.
The spray went on very smoothly, and it dried quite well. The can told me to allow the paint to dry for 3 hours before handling it, and I followed the instructions to a T. But if I could do this project all over again, I would have let this side dry for 24 hours before turning it over and spraying the other side. Here’s why:
I’m not sure if that is bits of trash bag or what, but once the other side was painted and dry, I realized the first side had been messed up. So if you decide to try this for yourself, I’d suggest you give the dry time a little more than what the can suggests.
All in all, this was a great project! My materials weren’t expensive, I believe both items were around $15 in total. If I was going to make something like this again, which I probably will, I would use primer before applying the chalkboard paint, and I would probably not use another wooden surface. But having said that, I really like how this turned out, and now the board is hanging nicely in the kitchen.
I don’t know if I will use this chalkboard as a shopping list, or an excuse to doodle, but it’s certainly a very fun addition to the room!
Happy crafting everyone!