Making A Chalkboard With Chalkboard Paint

 

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!

Chalkboard Project 1

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:

Chalkboard Project 2

My plan was to make a double-sided chalkboard, so my intentions were to spray both sides.

Chalkboard Project 3

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:

Chalkboard Project 4

 

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.

Chalkboard Project 5

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!

 

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