How to Make a Chalkboard anywhere!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another frugal and worthy project from our home to yours. Today I have another project that is a little different for us to offer, but I think you will like it...

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.

The door we used, was blank, and while this is the norm in most homes, with our busy decor scheme, it begged to be we made the stain for the wood trim. And for most projects "we" usually means my dear husband, but 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. Set 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, not precise instructions or measurements. But seriously, if I can do it, you can do it! This is a fun and easy project.

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 the 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 from the first words written on the board.

We began using the chalkboard as soon as possible, then frame was added when free-time came along. 

To make the frame:

3. Purchase the crown molding corners and the door framing strips, stain, let dry and frame around your chalkboard. You could, of course, use your own wood pieces that you might have around the house waiting to be re-purposed, at this time, however, we were without any wood scrapes.

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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  1. Great Job! Decorating style called "busy"? I guess my decorating style would be "let's just throw all this junk in that room and see where it lands."

  2. That's really cool. I would probably use it for a shopping list. But inspiring affirmations would be really nice.

  3. I love your chalk holder and I am trying to find somewhere in my home to squeeze in a chalkboard - we are very "busy" too!

  4. That turned out so cute! I have been wanting to try that chalkboard paint. So neat.

  5. What a great idea! I love how you framed the chalkboard afterwards as well.

  6. April and I love this idea! We are featuring today on the Gallery of Favorites.

  7. I saw this on 21st Century Housewife. I painted my son's wall with chalkboard paint but I didn't think of the chalk holder - brilliant!


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