Saturday, June 25, 2011

{DIY chalkboard}

I have a super easy chalkboard DIY project to share with you today.

When I originally created it, I was inspired by a few images I discovered on Pinterest...





I wanted to create a chalkboard for our mantel, and include a similar "family rules" sentiment. So by using a frame I already owned, a can of chalkboard spray paint, and some craft paint and mod podgee, I came up with this...


Wanna see where this chalkboard started out? The frame had been in storage since we moved to this house two years ago, so it felt like a freebie.


Not much to look at, right?

To transform the frame to a chalkboard, I picked up a can of chalkboard spray paint from Hobby Lobby {$6 after my 40% off coupon}...


And gave the glass two good, even coats...


And gave it 24 hours to dry per the instructions on the can. 

Then I gave the frame three coats of blue craft paint from my stash, followed by a coat of mod podge to seal it...and voila!


Since I created the chalkboard, our fireplace has undergone a small makeover with a nice white painted mantel, and the chalkboard has been so much fun to personalize for the seasons...


Its currently living on our entryway table and is a great place for encouraging greetings to both start and end the day...



I hope this has inspired you to create your own chalkboard!

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11 comments:

DianeTaylor said...

Hi Mandy, I love this redo of an old frame, and the saying is perfect! Nice job! I'm on a much needed vacation at the beach but I had to bring my iPad. Nothing like drinking a good cup of coffee, on a balcony, looking at the water, and reading my favorite blogs. Have a great weekend!

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

You did a great job with the frame transformation! I never knew chalkboard spraypaint existed. :)

katie said...

Looks great! I love all the "we do" statements.

EmKay said...

What an awesome idea! I always find cute signs like that and think that it's such a simple idea. I think I may have to steal this!
PS: I'm your newest follower!

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

love everything about this

Cailan said...

Very sweet. Love the fresh, happy look. Really NEED a chalkboard in my home - thanks for the encouragement to keep up the hunt for just the right frame at the thrift store. :)

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

i love it!

Kerry Rossow said...

I love to make lists - these boards would give me just the platform for CHORE lists!
Thank you!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

The Queen Of Re said...

love it.

Adriane said...

I love what you did on your mantle, and the inspiration pics behind it! so cute!

-Adriane @ fruitfulhomejourna;.blogspot.com

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

The chalkboard looks great! I am glad to see you using the spray paint on glass. I was wondering if that would work or not!

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