Today is special because I have 5 DIY chalkboard project ideas in this one post. The projects are ones we put together over the past few years.
The first project is a pretty pink chalkboard. Did you know chalkboard paint comes in all different colors? Yep, it does. Not chalk paint…chalkboard paint.
Pink Chalkboard | Thrifty DIY
And I didn't have to cut wood or anything to make the chalkboard. You will love how simple this project is.
This is the framed print I started with. The picture was $7.99 minus a 40% discount. Awesome.
The chalkboard paint is from FolkArt. They have 6 colors of chalkboard paint. I removed the back, paper print, and glass from the frame. The print was made out of heavy paper and it didn’t bubble up with the addition of the wet paint. I applied two thick coats of chalkboard paint.
Then I put the new chalkboard back in the black frame. I cleaned the frame with Simple Green but didn’t cover the scratches. Kind-of has a worn look. I hung the chalkboard in the granddaughters bedroom. It’s at Sofi height. Until Sofi comes over and puts her drawing talent to work on the board I stenciled the saying “be brave”.
Next chalkboard is made from a reclaimed window.
You can find these reclaimed window frames everywhere.
The frame was a little loose in places so it had to go through rehab. My ever handy JTS cut a board for the window frame and attached it using a nail gun. He also took care of all of the loose window pane thingies.
I painted the backboard with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint. I found a little hardware pull in my stash, painted it green, screwed it on the top of the frame, and added a bag of chalk.
A little extra touch so your chalk is always handy.This is a really simple craft project.....really! The granddaughter enjoying her chalkboard.
The next chalkboard is made from a reclaimed twin headboard.
I purchased the weathered twin headboard at, you guessed it, My Favorite Junk Shop. I could see potential and for $5.00 I couldn’t pass it up. I had the Junktion Technical Specialist cut the legs off and I popped off the loose veneer on the front before painting. I didn’t notice it was rippled until I was getting ready to apply the chalkboard paint.
I painted the frame in off-white latex paint and used chalkboard paint in the middle.
I decided to add little hangy things. Multi-purpose stuff is always a plus. I want tell you where I got the wood finials, I’ll let you guess. They were a little long and the pointy ends looked a little weird on the chalkboard/headboard…….this is a G rated family blog so I want tell you what they looked like.So I cut the ends off. I then cleaned them up with a little dark wax. See the difference. I used Howards Wax in Walnut.
I liked the idea of the unfinished look with the shabby white so I added the wood shell applique. I think it works.
I distressed the reclaimed chalkboard lightly or maybe heavily to some people. The distressed look is my go-to finish.
Time for chalkboard number 4 which is a really cool one. I’ve had the project pieces for this window frame chalkboard for at least 3 years, probably close to four.
I bought the window frame (minus glass) at the junk shop and at the time I had the JTS cut a back for it so I could make a chalkboard. The two parts have been hanging out in the workshop waiting for me to pull out the chalkboard paint. I fancied up the chalkboard with stenciled objects and initials for the days of the week.
I have no idea how much I paid for the frame. But probably not more than $10. I’m not even sure it’s a window frame. What do you guys think? I like it because of all of the panes. The board for the back is lightweight luan. We buy large sheets at the hardware store for projects like this. We use the luan to replace missing or damaged furniture backs too. I probably have a photo somewhere of the JTS cutting the luan but as I said that was over 3 years ago.
The reason I’m not sure if this was a window frame is because there was small pieces of paper on the wood on both sides. That’s weird huh. I used sandpaper to remove the bits of paper. Once all the paper was removed I waxed the wood frame with Howard’s Wax in Golden Oak.
I used FolkArt Multi-Surface Chalkboard paint on the luan and man is that stuff thick. I had great coverage on the first coat but the directions say to apply two coats so I did. I like this chalkboard paint because it’s water based. Easy clean up.
Next I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to nail the back to the frame. I love that nailer. No cords to contend with. Just stick the battery in and start nailing. (this is not a sponsored post or paid advertisement) I nailed all around the outside edges of the frame from the back then put a few nails in the wood pieces on the front side.
The last step was to add hangers and wall protectors to the back. I nailed a saw tooth hanger on each end of the chalkboard. Next I stuck the wall protectors to each corner. I always add wall protectors to my diy art or wall hangings. The protectors on this project are actually for furniture or chair feet. You can also use slices of wine corks as wall protectors. You have to glue those on but it’s a great recycle idea for the corks. And that was it for the build. As you can see I fancied the chalkboard up. Nothing permanent though.
This photo shows the chalkboard before I added the pretty details. The board is hanging over the sofa in our small living room. I’m thinking to hang it in Miss Sofi’s bedroom or either sell it.
This last chalkboard project is a doozy! The JTS and I put together a reclaimed table and turned it into a chalkboard table! It's such a cool project. I had the perfect pieces for this project. It was just a matter of putting them together.
The table is perfect height for a child’s table or for a coffee table. It is a little long so not sure about the coffee table.
It’s darn cute though. At least I think so.
Before we put the two pieces together I painted the middle of the door with the chalkboard paint. Now this isn’t chalk paint…it’s chalkboard paint.
I used hemp oil to revive the finish. It doesn’t get rid of all the scratches and other imperfections but it does bring the finish back to life. In this photo I’m working from the left side to the right applying the oil.
Before using a new chalkboard it has to be seasoned. Did you guys know that? You use the edge of the chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard. But you have to wait a few days after painting before you season the board. I took these photos before the board was seasoned. It also looks prettier before it’s seasoned.
That's it for chalkboard day! Which project or projects did you guys like best? Leave a note if you have time and thanks for being here, Kathy