I've wanted a chalkboard forever. There are two main purposes I'm interested in. I have a few friends who have featured them in pictures. I love the idea that you could write something on the chalkboard and have it appear in the photo more organically than if you were to put it in with a photo editing program later. The other reason I wanted one is that I have wanted a cute, decorative way to feature inspirational quotes in my bedroom and a chalkboard is just the thing. Every time I look for them in craft stores or the school-supply and craft aisles of my neighborhood big-box store, I can't handle how much they cost. I'm looking at a minimum of $10 for a plain-jane one, then I have to decorate the raw wood edge. ...it would take all weekend. Blah. So, while wandering Walmart, disappointed that they hadn't magically gone down to 5 cents overnight, I had an epiphany! It went something like this:
So here we go!
Things you need:
- $2 picture frame. (Mine is actually a "document frame" because it was so much cheaper, just make sure it has the glass, because that becomes the chalkboard.) Go ahead and get an ugly one, because it won't matter later.
- Spray paint
- CHALKBOARD SPRAY PAINT!!!! (How have I not realized how much I needed this before?)
Side Note: I strongly recommend getting a great cardboard box from the produce department of your local grocery. They are great for catching all the crazy spray dust from spray paint. Also, they have handles, so you can spray outside and move it inside to dry after the smell has dissipated some and you don't have to put fingerprints in it. Magical.
After your 24 hours of settling is done, you have to "prime" the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the board. It would be more stable if you put it back in the frame first, but I like a good struggle, so I did it before I put it back together. Once you erase the chalk, put the frame back together and get to chalkin'! If you're house-sitting, make your new furry friends pose with your creation! I have a feeling you'll be seeing this board again... What would you do with your very own chalkboard?