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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Framed Chalkboard


 
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I've noticed that chalkboards are super "in" this year. 
People have been chalkboarding everything it seems like ...

Bedroom Walls:


Globes:
{love these, might have to try this}

Chairs:


Pots:




I'm simple today. Pretty lame, in fact. I'd just like a nice chalkboard for my kitchen. For love notes, grocery lists, etc. Trouble is, you're not going to find a chalkboard in a nice frame without shelling out some big bucks {or at least, more than I think I should pay}.

And considering that I just got a $1000 utility bill in the mail yesterday {I almost passed out at the mailbox}, I decided this should definitely be DIY rather than a purchase.



Materials:
      - Frame
      - posterboard
      - chalkboard paint {at any craft store}
      - paint brush







This project is so easy a caveman could do it. I'm not even going to include the usual mountain of pictures.

I cut my poster board to same size as my frame.
I put two coats of chalkboard paint on it.
{my paint bottle said use two coats. It also said to make one coat with vertical strokes and the second coat with horizontal. Who am I to disobey the paint bottle?}

{65 degrees and sunny outside! I let mine dry on the back deck}

When your paint is dry, grab a piece of chalk and rub it lightly over the entire surface. This "sets" the chalk paint.



Wipe clean with a damp rag and then doodle away!




Who doesn't love a good chalkboard?!

Maybe try out one of the other chalkboard ideas. I'd love to see what you come up with!

I've got to get back to my tasks tonight .... repainting the two bathrooms. Yeah, I know, I'm nuts. But the green bathroom and the blue bathroom just weren't sitting well with me. I'd get mad just walking past them. So, new plan. Maybe I'll have them all finished for you tomorrow ....

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