|Chalkboard in a kitchen (click to view)|
They are everywhere on pinterest and the blogs that I read. I dream of having a kitchen with a door or wall covered in chalkboard paint (like to one pictured).
I went to my local hardware store: bunnings.
They sell chalkboard paint for about $15 and spray paint for around $5-$10.
I also bought:
- 1 large frame (Op Shop) - $5
- 1 small frame (dollar shop) $5
- Other things to spray paint included a $2 ceramic tub and some tins
- Chalk (dollar shop) $5 for a tub. It's not the best quality but it does work.
- plastic drop cloth so that I could protect furniture from getting painted
|materials (not the best photo, sorry!)|
1x frame (with backing/glass)
1x spray paint (if you want to colour the frame)
1x chalkboard spray/paint
- Prepare area: lay down cardboard/drop cloth. Outside is best as there is more ventilation.
- Pull apart glass, backing and frame.
- Place frame on ground/area and spray with paint and leave to dry (follow the spray paint instructions)
- Chalkboard: spray backing of frame OR glass with spray paint (your choice).
I find glass gives a better result but is a little more dangerous to work with as it's so sharp.
- Follow instructions for chalk board paint. I normally do about 2 layers - leave to dry to 2 hours - 1 layer and leave to dry for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours you need to rub chalk all over it the chalk board and then wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Put the frame and board/glass back together. If you have used the glass you need to put the backing board in behind it otherwise it will break easily.
- Enjoy your beautiful new chalkboard!
Chalkboard making tips:
- Don't sand the wood/glass. You don't need to. It leaves stringy bits of wood/material coming through the chalkboard paint. Not a pretty sight!
- You can use the glass in frames as the chalkboard - I find this works well and gives a much more even look. The paint does stick to the glass and it easy to apply.
- painting glass tips: wipe with an alcohol wipe (I use meth. spirits) then spray the usual way. When it comes time to cover with chalk and wipe off, I got the hose and sprayed the chalk off. As it's glass it doesn't matter if the other side gets wet.
- Be careful! When spray painting glass the edges can be very sharp. I cut my finger from lifting up the glass too quickly - wear gloves or use a tea-towel to hold/carry.
|My very busy crafting/baking day!|