I love chalkboards, and it looks like I am not alone in that love. Chalkboards are everywhere and chalkboard paint is being used in some very creative ways. But for now, let's make a chalkboard on our pantry door.
The pantry door was blank, and while this is the norm in most homes, in our busy decor scheme, it begged to be decorated....and we even made the stain for the wood. And for this while "we" usually means my dear husband, in this case "we", actually means me.....
The stain is easy, grab a big jar, fill it half full with vinegar, add 3 scoops of coffee grounds and a big piece of steel wool. Sit it on a shelf in the garage until it is a jar of black inky liquid, about 30 days. It will wait patiently until you need to stain something. The important thing to remember about the stain, is this, the color darkens when it dries.
This is a preview of how we made a chalkboard on our pantry door, not precise instructions or measurements. But seriously, you can do it, it is a fun and easy project.
|Make a Chalkboard anywhere!|
1. Mask off the area on your door or wall that you want to be a chalkboard. Apply 1 coat of chalkboard paint. Let dry per instructions on container, then apply a second coat. Let dry thoroughly. You will need to "cure" the paint to have a strong surface.
2. To season or "cure" the paint surface, take a piece of chalk, turned sideways and lightly coat the entire surface of the paint with a thin layer of chalk. Gently wipe away the excess with a soft cloth. This step fills the tiny cavities in the paint with chalk dust and prevents a ghost effect with the first words written on the board.
4. Purchase a "cup" style drawer pull, and attach it upside down as a chalk holder.
5. Now you are ready to write inspiring messages for your family to see and enjoy!
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