You can’t buy happiness. But you can buy a $5 can of chalkboard spray paint. And that’s pretty good too.
Chalkboard, chalkboards everywhere!
Chalkboard paint exploded onto the scene a few years ago, and many crafters have been incorporating chalkboards into their homes, particularly their kitchens. It’s kind of kitschy, but I like it!
(Although I do not understand why people put chalkboard paint on their kitchen tables. Seriously? Chalkboard dust on your food? Dust on your sleves everytime you grab the salt? No thanks.)
A few months ago I found this (lovely) framed print on the side of the road. The frame and glass were in good condition so I snatched it. (A frame this size would probably cost around $30 new so I will gladly accept the creepy kitties.)
I disassembled the frame, tossed the print but kept the (pink and purple – yikes) matting.
I picked up a can of white spray paint and chalkboard spray paint from Home Depot.
I spraypainted the frame white with several thin and even coats.
As well as the glass. Yes, the glass. Read the back of the can to make sure, but the kind above will stick to glass. Using glass is also a sure way to get a smooth chalkboard surface. I originally tried this project on a canvas and it didn’t work at all because the texture looked terrible.
Then I re-assembled the frame with the glass and the ugly matting on the back. I needed to use the matte so the glass was held snugly into place.
To add a little bit of character I made a paper bunting and hung it over the frame.
Leaving me with a chalkboard the perfect size to fit underneath my kitchen cabinets where my fridge was originally supposed to go. Ta da! The perfect spot to write grocery lists and last minute notes!
Oh, what’s that you say?
Yes, that is my newly painted BLUE kitchen!
Taking me from this… (remember that weird spot for the gnome sized fridge?) and… (do you remember the crazy old wallpaper?)
Still no cabinet doors! But it’s progress.
We chose Valspar’s Astral in satin finish. I really like it. It’s a chalky, cloudy blue and it will look great with our white cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Now I just need to get on those cabinet doors….
Do you talk the talk or walk the walk or chalk the chalk?