I've been having a lot of fun lately experimenting with chalkboard paint. As one who loves to organize things, it's too tempting to turn everything into a writable surface, from glass, wood, walls, paper, and more. These are some small-scale projects that can be done in a couple of hours. For all projects you must follow these steps for painting:
Paint two coats an hour apart, one layer horizontally, the other vertically. After painting the two coats, let the project dry completely for 24 hours. Lightly shade the entire dried surface with a piece of chalk, and then erase it. The chalkboard surface is now ready for use!
Bonnie has also posted in the past about creating custom DIY chalkboard colors, have you seen it?
First I made a mini desktop chalkboard, perfect for little notes or ideas. To do this project you will need:
- a picture frame
- chalkboard paint
- a paintbrush
- wood veneer, cardboard, or thick card stock
Cut the wood veneer down to fit in the picture frame. Sturdy card board or card stock will also work for this project. Follow the directions for painting above. Once veneer has been dried and conditioned with chalk, just pop it in the frame, and it's ready to go!
Next, I went a step further and painted the inside of a cabinet. I've always wanted a little place to leave notes in the kitchen, especially in my baking and spice cabinet. As another wood surface, I followed the same directions for painting with chalkboard paint above.
My next favorite project has been to paint little clothespins with chalkboard paint. These are a wonderful way to organize papers, coupons, stamps, bills, invitations and RSVPs, etc. They can be perched up on a wire or string on a wall; backed with magnets for the fridge; hot glue thumbtacks on the back for cork boards; or, just left out on the desk to organize, like I do.