Chalkboard – Thrift Store Find Remake

I’ve always had a fascination with chalkboards. I love how they’re versatile, functional and if you make one yourself, you can make them into any size or shape! With a craft show coming up, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a DIY chalkboard. Here are some simple steps I took to create one:

STEP 1 – Find an old framed board/canvas from a thrift shop or around the house. I went to my local Salvation Army store and lucky me, they were having a 40% off of everything that day! I snatched up these beauties, all for under $20!

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STEP 2 – Tape the inside edges of the frame with painter’s tape and paint with chalkboard paint using a foam brush (or a mini roller if you have it). I used the Rust-Oleum brand I found at Walmart. The paint can is fairly small but a little goes a long way. The recommendation is 2 coats and wait in between coats to completely dry.

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STEP 3 – Carefully peel off the painter’s tape BEFORE the paint dries completely. I admit, it is hard to do this since the paint requires 4 hours to dry completely before a second coat. I should’ve went over the edges with an Exacto knife before the peel. But since I omitted this step, some of the paint on the edges peeled off with the tape. Oh well. I just went over those areas carefully with more paint.

STEP 4 – After your board is completely dry, go over the surface lightly with a white chalk. This “conditions” the chalkboard before you start using it.

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And Voila~! Here is the finished product. I used it well at my craft show last weekend. It came in very handy for those last minute signs!

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(Oh, a note about the free lip balms. I was giving them out as promotional items with purchases at the fair as well. I think I’ll ask my Etsy customers if they want one with the shipping since I still have a bunch left!) 🙂

I want to paint the frame white in the near future. I like the current gold color very much but the frame didn’t really stand out in the crowd, which is what I wanted it to do.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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