Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Make a Chalkboard anywhere

So we made this chalkboard.

And of course you do realize, we really means that Terry made this chalkboard. But, that's just how we roll!

In this house, our preferred style of decorating would be called "busy". You may not have heard about that style before, but that is OK, you will see many examples of it right here at Our Sunday Cafe.


But back to the chalkboard.

The pantry door was blank, and while this is most likely a good idea, in a busy decor scheme, it begged to be decorated....and we even made the stain for the wood. On this particular item, we actually means me.......


The stain is easy, grab a big jar, fill it half full with vinegar, add 3 scoops of coffee and a big piece of steel wool. Sit it on a shelf in the garage until it is a jar of black inky liquid, about 30 days. It will wait patiently until you need to stain something. The important thing to remember about the stain, the color darkens when it dries.

This is a preview of what we did, not precise instructions or measurements. Seriously, you can do it, it is a fun and easy project.


1. Mask off the area on your door or wall that you want to be a chalkboard. Apply 1 coat of chalkboard paint. Let dry per instructions on container, then apply a second coat. Let dry thoroughly. The paint needs to "cure" to be strong.

2. To season or "cure" the paint, take a piece of chalk, turned sideways lightly coat the entire surface of the paint with a thin layer of chalk. Gently wipe away the excess with a soft cloth. This step fills the tiny cavities in the paint with chalk dust and prevents a ghost effect with the first words written on the board.

We were using the chalkboard as soon as possible, the frame 
came along when free time came along. 

3. Purchase the crown molding corners and the door framing strips, stain, let dry and frame around your chalkboard. You could of course use your own wood pieces that you might have around the house waiting to be re-purposed, at this time however, we were without.


4. Purchase a "cup" style drawer pull, and attach it upside down as a chalk holder.


5. Now you are ready to write inspiring messages for your family to see and enjoy!

As always, thank for taking a moment to stop and say hello. We appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

this post is shared with:
works for me wednesday @ we are that family.
homestead barn hop @ the prairie homestead
gallery of favorites @ premeditated leftovers


7 comments:

Holly said...

Great Job! Decorating style called "busy"? I guess my decorating style would be "let's just throw all this junk in that room and see where it lands."

Sage Trifle said...

That's really cool. I would probably use it for a shopping list. But inspiring affirmations would be really nice.

Pam said...

I love your chalk holder and I am trying to find somewhere in my home to squeeze in a chalkboard - we are very "busy" too!

Reeni Pisano said...

That turned out so cute! I have been wanting to try that chalkboard paint. So neat.

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

What a great idea! I love how you framed the chalkboard afterwards as well.

Alea Milham said...

April and I love this idea! We are featuring today on the Gallery of Favorites.

Kevin Morrice said...

I saw this on 21st Century Housewife. I painted my son's wall with chalkboard paint but I didn't think of the chalk holder - brilliant!