The chalkboard frame project.
Was it easy?
But did I screw up?
That just goes with my territory of doing my projects in increments.
I tackle them between work and either rushing or never bothering to see if anyone else has a great tutorial out there to follow…I usually hit a snare.
I’m telling ya’ people.
I’m the world’s worst at taking the time to read tutorials.
So this will be simple and I hope, ez to follow.
Okee dokee then.
That is very important. ; )
I left the old picture intact in the frame because it was so difficult to remove.
(See laziness character trait in past posts)
Preparing chalkboard surface.
I lightly sanded my glass. I do not know if you should.Â It didn’t say I needed to on can….I just felt like it might stick a bit better.
I have googled it and many people have chalk board painted directly on glass and mirrors with great results. I did NOT know you could do that!
That was right up my LAZEE alley…..so, I did it as well.
I cleaned my glass with just a damp paper towel after sanding.
I then taped off my frame……
If you aren’t lazy and would have pulled out all the nails holding your glass in the frame….you wouldn’t have to worry about tape.
But you know that, don’t you?
I use Rust-Oleum Chalk Board paint. I probably will forever as this paint seems to last forever and I can’t see using it up anytime soon.
I apply with a foam brush and just paint it on the glass.
I LOVE how chalkboard paint dries so quickly. I use three coats. I likeÂ it thick.
What I did with my frame.
I lightly sanded my frame….cleaned with a damp paper towel and used my Valspar clearance sample.
I barely used an 1/8 of the little sample for this frame. So many more projects can be made with this paint!
I used a foam brush for the paint because the frame had ridges that I felt would be hard to get down into with a brush…….I like foam brushes sometimes….just because they are so simple.
(See laziness character trait again….in past posts)
But ….then I always wash out my foam brushes to re-use them….so why not use a brush? How can that really be simpler??? Hmmmm….. I don’t know….I guess, I just like to use foam brushes sometimes…..just because.
I painted two coats of paint.
Then I did this blue stripe and saw that, yes……it was BUGLY…..(see definition of BUGLY here)
Then,Â I did this red stripe and saw that, yes…..it too, was BUGLY…..(see definition of BUGLY here)
So, I kept covering up my attempts of creativity.
I decided to just keep it “celery” colored……
I then took my little “hand powered” sander in the above picture and sanded the frame. I like to get the corners and seams…..ridges……sides……I scratch it up good.
I then applied stain and wipe it right back off….just like I did on my table tutorials.
And…..just like with my table….it would have looked like this dark brown version above, if I would NOT have applied the paste.
But after wiping on and off the paste…….this is what it ends up looking like…..
The paste took the brown or dark distressing off the frame and cleaned it up for a lighter distressed look.
I love that you can just grab an old picture you have laying around or give a BUGLY….one a longer look when you spot a “deal” at a thrift store if you know that you could take it from here…….
I do my projects in between work…..errands……but total time involved in the frame was probably about 20 minutes.
For right now…..it lives here in my house.
We pass this corner all day long. I thought it might be a neat place to leave inspirational messages for my family.
One important note! I almost forgot.
Don’t leave your tape on until the paint dries. Take it off while paint is wet or paint dries on tape and comes up with the tape.
You already knew that, didn’t you?
Well, I didn’t.
When this happened, I was afraid I was going to have to flip the glass and start all over.
I just took my fine sandpaper block…..sanded it down until it felt smooth.
Reapplied chalkboard paint in the peeled up areas…same amount of coats as the first time and then once all over.
Dried smooth and blemish free.
Think you can handle?
I LOVE this as a gift idea because it is SO economical.
You could even spray paint distress the frame, like I did in my side table tutorial, if you want it even easier.
Monogram it………stencil something…..make it your own.
Have you all done a lot of chalkboard paint projects already.
I feel like I’m the mom wearing high waisted, pleated jeans and not realizing that low-rise jeans are the new Mom jeans.
Am I out of style with my chalkboard paint projects?
Not that I care.
I wear shoes for comfort and undies that don’t ride up…..
So, I guess it won’t be the first time I do something just because I like it. : )
Let me know your thoughts.
I read every comment…..
You guys are the best!
I’m linking up to: