Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chalkboard frame | DIY

So you might've noticed an empty frame on my wall a few posts ago.  Well, the project is finished and I thought I'd share with ya'll how I did it.  It's so easy a caveman can do it. F'realz.

What you need:
-Frame (with glass)
-spray paint
-chalkboard paint
-roller or brush
That's it!  I know, right?
When I first started this project I thought I was going to have to find a place who could cut a sheet of steel in my exact dimensions, buy self-etching primer to coat first, and then finally paint it.  But I couldn't find those and ended up just getting my chalkboard paint first- and then realized you can use it on glass!  I was a little hesitant to do it that way because I didn't want to worry about it breaking during all our moves; but I just kept the backing for it and so it's no more fragile than any other frame I have.

I started the project with this: (The hideousness of that picture/frame will haunt my dreams forever.)
I took the glass and backing out and spray painted it with a few coats of my desired color.  Meanwhile I painted my glass.  You want to be careful not to paint the chalkboard paint over several times in a single coating.  It makes the paint less effective.  Also, stir well before you start painting!
I used a brush and a sponge brush with mine.  Although I do like the texture it gave, I think next time I'll use a roller brush.  My paint, like I said, has texture to it; so when I write on it, it shows.  Like I said, I don't mind- but a roller will give you a smoother finish and make the final product look more like the flat chalkboards you find in stores.  My frame didn't have an option to hang in the direction I wanted so I added a hook-thingy to the back.  Also a cinch.
The hardest part of the whole process was having to WAIT THREE DAYS to write on my chalkboard.  You need to give the paint time to set.  When I thought it had been three full days I checked my pictures metadata and realized it had only been 1 1/2.  Haha!  Impatient much?  I put up a note to remind family (k, me) not to write on it.
After three days go by, you want to prep your chalkboard by covering it with chalk.  Draw all over it with our chalk sideways.  You need to do that a couple times, then erase, otherwise what you "write" first will be there FOR-EV-ERRR.
And that's it!  I LOVE my new chalkboard.  I've been really wanting to add more colors to my home decor so I'm happy with it!
Wish me a happy flight today!  I'm so excited for our little trip (:

18 lovely comments:

Amanda said... Reply To This Comment

it looks awesome!!!! i love these types of projects. :)

Mars said... Reply To This Comment

that is super cute! The "before" pictures are always the best because the frame and/or picture is usually hideous! I've been needing some chalkboard paint for a project so I think I'll try this brand!

Kris and Corissa said... Reply To This Comment

super cute. we have a chalkboard wall in our house. however we didn't scrape chalk all over it and erase before we started writing. it still works if you just begin writing on it and erase it. we haven't had a problem yet.

Karm said... Reply To This Comment

that is so fun. I always wanted to put a chalkboard up in the kitchen area too. Maybe when my crazy hectic life slows down... or maybe I need it now for daily reminders and what not... hmm

Sasha said... Reply To This Comment

That is the neatest idea. I love that color blue

Laura said... Reply To This Comment

Totally going to do this. One day. :)

amy said... Reply To This Comment

I'm so jealous!!! I love love love the look of chalkboards these days but I can't get past they way chalk feels and the sound it makes when writing on a chalkboard. Aaaaggghhh, I can't take it. It makes me shudder just thinking about it! :)

Sadly, I will never be someone who can ever write on a chalkboard. Too bad dry erase boards aren't as cute!

Connie said... Reply To This Comment

Lol Amy! Corissa, Good to know about the wall! I plan on making one for my kids when we buy a house. Haha yeah I wouldn't write all over it either. Maybe the surface/brand has something to do w it?

Marissa said... Reply To This Comment

Love this! If I could hang things on my wall I would already be making one.

Shalyn said... Reply To This Comment

YESSSS, I am in love with this! I think you should know out of all the blogs I follow, I am CONSTANTLY pinning/saving things from yours!

Raising a Warrior said... Reply To This Comment

How cute. I may just have to try this. If I can ever find the time to do it!

Lauren said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely pop of color! So fun :)

wholesouls2 said... Reply To This Comment

once again, you do a wonderful job at whatever you do. It is awesome to have a daughter like you! Love, Mom

Jennifer said... Reply To This Comment

This is beautiful! I did one not to long ago, but it wasn't nearly as gorgeous as yours! I love the color on the frame!

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Sera Pie said... Reply To This Comment

I love! The color of the frame is so perfect.

Rebecca said... Reply To This Comment

This is too cute! You did a great job. I can't wait to try something similar!

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

So adorable! Is chalkboard paint expensive? I'm afraid if I get a can, I'll paint everything and anything I can get my hands on!