I have long wanted to have a framed chalkboard. Searching them out online convinced me that my budget required making one and not buying one.
Originally I was looking for a piece of chalkboard that was a standard frame size.
Then I discovered that there was chalkboard paint and it actually comes in spray paint form. (You can find it on Amazon here.)
I picked up the spray paint, an open frame and a piece of glass, all from Michael’s/Hobby Lobby, using coupons.
This project would cost next to nothing if you repurposed a frame you already had on hand. Or found a frame at a garage sale or thrift store.
And you don’t have to use glass. The chalkboard paint will work on almost any surface. In fact, glass may not be the best choice, as you’ll soon see.
Once you have the materials, the process is ridiculously easy.
First, use several coats of the spray paint to cover the glass, allowing a little drying time in between each one.
The can advises lightly sanding or priming the glass beforehand, but since I didn’t read that until later, it didn’t get done. No harm was done it seems.
Once the paint has dried at least 24 hours, you need to “prime” the board by covering it completely with chalk and then erasing.
Then you pop the chalkboard into the frame.
Actually, I wouldn’t “pop” it in, I would gently lay it. Because this isn’t really a chalkboard, it’s a piece of glass covered with chalkboard paint. So if you “pop” it in, a corner of the glass might break off just as you’re putting it in the frame.
Just as you’re getting to the fun part when you get to hang it and write on it and stuff.
If that happens you’ll have to go back to Michael’s and get another piece of glass. Or maybe buy a poster set that’s 40% off, so you will not only have the glass, but the backing as well. Actually, I would advise doing that the first time and skipping the whole “breaking off the corner” part.
Repeat the process: sand (or don’t), paint, let dry for 24 hours, prime with chalk.
Carefully put it in the frame and secure the backing.
I used the clips that came with the poster frame and then covered everything with packing tape. I discovered that I didn’t have any picture hanging wire, so I took apart a wire hanger and used that. The back is lovely, but I was NOT going back to Michael’s again.
Now for the fun stuff.
One last piece of info: you’ll need chalk made of calcium carbonate to use on this paint. What that seems to mean is that you want to look for grown-up, anti-dust chalk and skip the kids’ nontoxic chalk. That part actually required a bit of research. Why don’t they label chalk like they do food?
And if you want to see some serious chalkboard writing skills, check out this post at Dear Lillie. But come right back and tell us:
Do you like decorating with chalkboards? How have you used them? Any DIY chalkboard tips?
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