Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More Chalkboard Paint Projects

Thanks for visiting today!  I have been working with some chalkboard paint again and have a few projects {some finished, some not quite yet}.  Back in January I posted a project making my own chalkboard paint picture frames using this recipe from Martha Stewart.  {View the recipe here}  
I love making chalkboard paint in colors!  This time I wanted to use a more ‘spring like” color so I bought an 8 oz. Bottle of Turquoise acrylic paint.  Poured all the paint into a plastic container and added the 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.

I wanted to make a chalkboard to help keep up with the week’s activities.  Really, you could use it anyway you like.  Bought a 2 x 2  foot Masonite board at Home Depot and let the kind gentleman there cut it in half ending up with 2 boards 1 x 2 feet each.  I decided to hang the board vertically so on one of the one foot sides I drilled a hole in each corner of the board. 

Then, I painted about 3 or 4 coats with the chalkboard paint.  {I’m not sure because I had to paint in between other projects, family, dogs, and laundry – like most of us – and I forgot to keep count!}  After drying, I sanded it with fine sandpaper.  I finished it by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over it and wiping with a slightly damp paper towel.  I did this twice.  Shown here is rubbing chalk over another project coming soon!

I used a ¼” sisal rope to hang it.  Just threaded it through the holes and tied a knot.  Then it’s ready to go!  Write whatever suits your fancy and enjoy!  This is what I thought was a finished board - you know how projects sometimes "evolve"  
Can you tell how impatient  artistic I was?  Well, when I ran into this little Starfish in one of the craft stores  {I get dizzy trying to remember which one where I saw what cute thing when I was where?}  I decided it was going on my beachy chalkboard!}   I added my Starfish but , as you well know, you can add anything you want - no rules here!  As long as it makes your heart SING and puts a BIG smile on your face.  :)
FYI, I stored the paint in a recycled large yogurt container for more projects like this one-a
small wooden container I bought for $1.00 at one of the craft stores.
and this one that I used some more of my sisal rope 

and then I had enough left to work on glass!

then one last fling - still a  little paint leftover but sooooo ready to move on to new stuff!!!

But not until one last whoop whoop hurrah! for my favorite color chalkboard paint!  {More colors to come -promise!}

Here's the next board!  Purple!

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  1. So cute. I hadn't seen the chalkboard paint in this color. Love it.

  2. Great tutorial, love the color!

  3. So funny I came across you on one of the blog hops because I just posted a Chalkboard Platter Project over on my blog. Someone mentioned how expensive the chalkboard paint was so I then posted the Martha Stewart recipe just a few minutes ago. I've not had experience with it so I asked for anyone that has used it to please let feedback. I am guessing you like the recipe? Your items look GREAT! I love everything you've done.

  4. Well this is just cool, didn't know you could do this in colour! Love the turquoise colour you chose, it's gorgeous.

  5. That is soooo cute and fun! And this mom would love to be taking a walk on the beach right now instead of looking out my window at the dreary day! :-) Your post helped put some sunshine in it though and we appreciate you linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  6. Love the little box!

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  7. love the colors! Would love for you to come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

  8. I love chalkboard paint and saw that they have a colored version of it at Home Depot. I am glad you shared this less-pricey alternative!

    I'm digging the turquoise. :)

  9. That looks so easy to do. I love it. Going to be trying it out. Thanks Mimi.

  10. So cute!~ Thanks so much for joining my newbie party. Glad to have you.

  11. Love your chalkboard paint projects! I use Martha's recipe, too. Works great, even with satin instead of flat paint. If you find your grout is lumpy, before mixing it into the paint, put some in a plastic bag and roll the lumps out with your rolling pin. No more lumps!!

  12. This is great! I Love chalkboard paint!! How fun to be able to color it. Thanks for sharing.

    Kadie @ Seven Alive

  13. So very "cool"...love the color!!!


    I’m having an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway…hop over and enter…ends at midnight 8/7.

  14. Do you have to use acrylic paint?

  15. @MoriahThe acrylic worked best for me on glass. I've used latex on lots of wooden projects and it has done great. When I tried it on glass the painted area peeled off. Then again, I'm sort of impatient and it might have worked okay if I had let it totally dry and cure. I'm actually testing some on a wine glass stem (paint dipping) I'll let you know

  16. Soory about the bizzlion questions I'm asking you, but what about wall paint(instead of acrylic or latex) on a canvas- also is slating it important- like I did it (on wood and didn't slate it) and - it left a mark after a left it on there for about an hour (with wall paint again instead of latex or acrylic) Just trying to get some different ideas and thoughts. Thanks!;)


  17. Sorry for all the questions - I have 2 more.:)

    Do you think wall paint would be good?
    And is slating really important- because I didnt do it (when I did DIY chalkboard paint with wall paint and it left a mark once it sat there for a couple hours)

    Thanks for your ideas and thought!;)


  18. @MoriahI think any kind of paint works - I just have much better results with acrylic on glass. But i use any paint on wood projects and walls

    As for slating (priming?) it works better to do that. But, if you didn't - like you said it left a mark - maybe try a damp cloth to wipe it off

    Good ;luck!

  19. Thanks! I uses wall paint on Canvas worked great!:)

  20. @MoriahThat's great! I like that idea!


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