Last week I shared this easy diy chalkboard tutorial over at Bombshell Bling and this week I am sharing it with you! I am so happy with the way it turned out. The original frame I was going to use ended up falling and busting the glass. While I removed the glass I ended up cutting myself (while I told myself to be careful of course). I like this frame much better!
I have a collection of frames I purchase at thrift stores. If you catch them when their color tag is 50% off it’s a great deal! I also love to use chalky finish paint to refinish furniture so when I have extra paint I use it on the frames. One day I hope to have an awesome gallery wall!
This project uses chalky finish paint and chalkboard paint. These are two different kinds of paint. Chalky finish paint is great when you want to avoid prep work. I use chalky finish paint all the time. I’ve used chalky finish paint on furniture, like this red dresser and even my kitchen cabinets! I typically have left over chalky finish paint from a project and I use it on my collection of frames. Chalkboard paint is paint that, once dried, allows you to write on it.
DIY Chalkboard Tutorial
For this project I used a spray paint for the chalkboard paint. The key is to use several light coats for even coverage. I used a primer spray paint first but only because I had it on hand you don’t have to do this step. Be very very careful with the glass. I was working with a broken piece of glass the week before starting this project and cut my finger.
The first coat will be very light and the first couple of coats will not show much difference. Let each coat dry for a few minutes before spraying the next coat.
My chalky finish paint recipe is easy – 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup water, mix well, then add 1 cup paint (sample size in any color) and mix well. It will be slightly runny so watch out for drips but it has great coverage. I bought this green from the oops paint section so it only cost me $0.50!
Typically I tone down the brightness of a color with a dark stain that I rub on but I had some grey left over from another project so I dabbed the grey on the raised surface of the frame with a paper towel.
I love bright colors so I knew this was something I could use year round. I also love how the grey paint makes the details pop! I’m not a big fan of writing with chalk though so I found a chalk pen which I absolutely love! I just recently painted my kitchen cabinets and I’m thinking of adding some chalkboard paint to one of the cabinet doors.
You can also make a label with chalkboard vinyl. You can make a decorative shape to add to a cabinet or refrigerator door. Or you can make small labels for flour/sugar/cookie jars.
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