I love me a good quote! So much in fact I constantly have to keep myself from hanging them all over my house! Thankfully a chalkboard can solve my problem! New quote that’s been bouncing around in my head? Put it in on the chalkboard! When a new one comes along in a couple weeks I simply just switch it out!
We used a chalkboard for our wedding and then it got hung up in our kitchen/eating area. The little guy was about 11×14 in size and definitely got loved on but there were times when I wish I had some more room. So when we painted our kitchen I decided I wanted to hang a larger chalkboard over our kitchen table but those suckers can get a little pricy. So a diy faux chalkboard it was!
I like to go shopping at my parents’ house (yes, you read that correctly). My mom has kept so much over the years in their attic that a lot of times when there is something I need she already has it stored in there, which is amazing because she’s saved me a ton of money! When I told her my plans for a faux chalkboard and that I need a large frame she led me to the beloved attic. And that’s where I found this frame:
I wish I would’ve gotten an actual before picture. The famous painting “The Singing Butler” was framed in it with a red velvet mat. A velvet mat y’all. It had been years since the painting had hung on her walls so off it went with me! I hoard paint samples so I chose a grey color and turned it into chalk paint for the base using 2 coats. Then I put petroleum jelly over the detailed areas to allow the gray to show through. I did one light coat of white and it gave a white washed look that I really like. Once the top coat is dry you can wipe the jelly off with a clean dry rag. I used a wet rag to distress it a little more.
I think at some point I might get some dark wax to help with the distressing but for now it’ll do!
The best way I knew how to put the actual chalkboard on the wall was to hang up the picture frame and then mark the inside of the frame with chalk (which is a great way to hang pictures by the way, because it just rubs off verses a pencil). Next, with painters tape I went around the chalk marks and taped about ½ an inch off from them to ensure that the edge of the “chalkboard” would be hidden.
I used Folk Art chalkboard paint, I was a little nervous to make my own for this so I played it safe and bought a brand name. One VERY important step after letting the paint cure is to color in the entire thing with chalk. This is to fill in any porous spots so that the first thing you write on your chalkboard doesn’t end up there forever!
After that I wiped it down with a dry rag and hung up my frame!
(If you missed my Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table you can see it here.) My handlettering could use a little practice but I’m sure I’ll get plenty of that in now!
I even have a spot to hold my chalk and the great thing about this is I can give it a fresh coat of chalk paint whenever I feel it might need it! I love it and it only cost me the amount of the chalk paint (thanks to momma and my paint hoarding habits)!
Until next time,
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