Thursday, August 18, 2011

My $4 Chalkboard Project


I've been so inspired by all of the chalkboard projects out in blogland.  A couple of weeks ago I found a frame at a garage sale for $3.  It was kind of beat up looking, which was perfect for me.  :)

My husband cut a piece of hardboard to fit inside.  I painted the white side of it with Rust-oleum Chalk Board Paint.  The can was $10 at Home Depot

 I put three coats on it, letting it dry completely between coats.  I used a foam roller and alternated directions with each coat.  I probably used 1/10 of the can for this 18x22 piece.

I spray painted the frame with a Flat White paint from Valspar.  It then sat in the garage for 10 days while we were on vacation.  This helped as it was easy to sand down later.
I sanded it down with these:

And here's the finished product. (with my very elementary artistic abilities shown!) 

Since I had just about everything on hand, I figure I spent $4 on it--$3 for the frame and $1 on the amount of chalkboard paint I used out of the can.  

(I found that a damp micro-fiber cloth cleans it perfectly.)

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  1. I need you to move to Salem please. You are so talented and come up with the most amazing ideas. Good job on this one Pam.

  2. I love chalkboard paint. When i bought my grandparents house I turned the entire door to the furnace into chalkboard. The small kids in the family love writing on it and it is great to welcome people too!

  3. Pam,
    Your chalk board project turned out great! You got such a good buy on that frame! I saw where you spent time in Palm Desert, my Aunt lived since the 70's and I spent a lot of time down there, love it! I'm originally from CA, family's still there. It sure has changed over the years! It's so beautiful there. She passed away about 3yrs ago and we sold her house, will miss spending time there.
    Thanks for visiting so I could find you. Will be back!

  4. You did a great job...thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Now that's what I call getting your money's worth! It turned out great.So fun when you can totally revamp something.

  6. This is a great idea!!
    It's a much better alternative to post-it notes on the refrigerator!

  7. Thanks for the "How to". I want to do this too someday! Turned out lovely!

  8. looks great, Pam. i love the chunky frame.

  9. This is the hefty frame. :)

  10. Pam, your chalkboard project turned out great. I'm sure I must be the last person who has not tried the paint. Seeing how easy your instructions are, I think I will give it a try. Shannon

  11. I just love repurposing cast off frames. this turned out wonderfully. I haven't painted a chalkboard yet, but this is giving me lots of inspiration, thanks for joining in the party!
    xo Debra

  12. I love making chalkboards with old frames too- they are so much fun! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

  13. It came out fantastic. You've inspired me to make one for my office.

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  14. So cute! Now you are going to have to find lots more things to paint with chalkboard paint because you have that whole can! Love chalkboards.

  15. This is so nice, did you staple chalk board to frame? Good job!


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