I was perusing a little antique shop and spotted an empty frame. It was out of reach and on top of a tall cupboard. Not being one to put a shop owner out (even if it would mean a sale), I kept browsing around the little shop. That frame kept calling to me look, look at me – wouldn’t I make a great chalkboard? I finally gave into its pleas and ask the shop owner if I could look at the frame. I loved its beautiful chippy-ness and layers of paint (gray, white and light blue). This frame had history. It was $29. I didn’t negotiate (I’m not good at that either). SOLD.
Chalkboards are so popular right now and there are lots of tutorials on how to make one. I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll just share a few tips I learned along the way.
- I used birch plywood. I measured the opening of the frame and then brought the measurements to Lowes. You have to buy a whole piece of plywood for about $8.00, but they will cut this piece down to any size you want for free.
- The plywood has a finished side and unfinished side, so you want to be sure you paint the finished side with the chalkboard paint. It is a good idea to sand the plywood with 150 – 220 grit sand paper, before painting.
- I used Rust-Oleum spray chalkboard paint in black. It took almost the whole can to paint this board. I sprayed a light layer, let it dry and then sprayed it again. I did this 4 times. Maybe if I primed the board I wouldn’t have had to spray so many layers.
- After the chalkboard dried overnight, I took a piece of chalk turned it sideways and rubbed it over the whole board. This step keeps letters from permanently etching the chalkboard.
- Glazing points were used to hold the chalkboard inside the frame.