Thursday, August 18, 2011

Super Easy Chalk Board Tutorial

Guess what I did today?  I made a chalk board and it only cost me $3.85!


Step 1:  Find a frame with the glass intact.  I just went to my basement and found one that we were no longer using.  Cost--FREE.

I bet you could find some really cool ones at Goodwill or Savers too.  Try to pick a frame that is not black. Once you paint the "chalk board", you won't have contrasting colors between the frame and the chalk board.  Contrast = Cool!

Step 2:  Remove Glass from the frame.  Keep all the other "stuff" from the back of the glass.

Step 3:  Take sandpaper and scratch the glass all up.  I went in both directions.  It is just giving the blackboard paint something to adhere too.  I used sandpaper we already had in the garage.

Step 4:  Wash the glass.

Step 5:  In a well-ventalated room or outside, set glass on a piece of cardboard or across a tub or something.  You don't want to the glass to get dirt or grass on it.

Step 6:  Shake your "Chalkboard" Spray Paint.  I used Rustoleum's Chalkboard Paint.  I got it at JoAnn's Fabrics and Craft store and I had a 50% off coupon--Thus $3.85 after my coupon was deducted.
Step 7:  In quick, even strokes, spray the scratched up side of the glass.  You don't want to linger too long on one spot.  You will give it lots of coats to ensure a nice, even finish.  

Step 8:  Let dry for about an hour

Step 9:  Spray second coat.  

Step 10:  Follow steps 8 and 9 until you are happy with your chalkboard. 

Step 11:  Once completely dry, put glass back in frame, chalkboard side out.  Put all of the "stuff" you removed, back into the frame.  

Step 12:  Hang your chalkboard!  


All done!  :)