Are you guys totally sick to death of spray painting posts?
Ok, who yelled Yes?!!
I heard you! Was that you, Dan? You don’t count you’re my brother.
Brother’s opinions don’t count you know! Peanut Gallery!
No one else….oh, good!
Did ya’ll see the size of that chalkboard? Massive isn’t it? It’s probably 36″ x 36″. Could be even bigger.
I would’ve known if I measured it but I didn’t. I sold it so it’s already at it’s lovely new home. So, I am guessing.
I like big things. Especially chalkboards, and clocks…..and hair!
But I am rabbit trailing again.
On to the post. Here we go!
- Chalkboard material cut to size to fit your frame
- Chalkboard Paint
- Drop Cloth, Mask, Appropriate Safety Gear, yada, yada, yada…..
So, I don’t know the name of the stuff that I use to make my chalkboards out of.
But if you show these “close-up” pictures to any home-improvement employee they should be able to point you to where it is.
It is used as backing for furniture and such.
It is fantastic for chalkboards because it is totally smooth on one side….and it is cheap.
It usually comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets but sometimes it comes smaller.
It depends on your hardware store. Most stores will cut it down for you so it will fit in your car.
If you are a clever little ducky you will know what dimensions you need your chalkboards to be and you will have them cut your boards to those sizes.
Sometimes they charge you for the cuts, sometimes they don’t.
But if you don’t have the tools at home to cut it yourself, it would be totally worth it to have them do it.
It’s something like .50 a cut anyway. Then the mess is in their store and not your garage. Yay!
Step One :
Spray Paint Chalk Board-Let Dry 1-2 hours (depends on climate)
Step Two :
Sand with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out grittiness
Step Three :
Spray Paint Coat Number Two-Repeat a couple more time (total of 3-4 coats of spray paint)
Let Dry 1-2 hours between each coat of paint (depends on climate)
*No need to sand between these coats of paint. Only the first coat.*
Step Four :
Prime the Chalkboard
Now that your board is nice and dry, you are ready to prime it.
Ok, rub chalk all over it. Turn the chalk over on it’s side like in the picture.
Yes, I am serious. Just do it.
I know it looks horrific once you rub chalk all over your perfectly lovely board but it is necessary.
If you don’t, the first thing that you write on the board will be “burned” on to it so to speak.
Everything else that you write on afterward will be shadowed by the first things that you write on it.
Weird, I know. Trust me on this one.
I have ruined plenty of chalkboards thinking it wasn’t actually true.
Are you done rubbing chalk all over your chalkboard and making a mess?
Now, you can erase all of that ugly madness.
Yes, me too.
Look at the difference between what a board looks like before it’s primed and after.
One is ready to be written on with chalk.
One is NOT.
I will repeat:
Before a chalkboard is primed-Don’t write on it. Just don’t.
I know it’s all pretty and black but just trust me on this one.
Unless you plan on never writing anything else on the chalkboard except what you first write on it, don’t write on it without priming it first.
Now you are ready to put your finished chalkboard into your frame.
You just need to get the frame ready.
Frame Painting Supplies
- Big Ugly Frame-Obviously!
- Spray Paint
- Handy-Dandy Spray Paint Buddy Tool: The Spray Grip
- Drop Cloth, Mask, Appropriate Safety Gear, yada, yada, yada…..(the SilverFox says I have to tell you that stuff)
Do you see it in the photo above!
I could hardly believe my eyes when I passed it at my very own McLendons hardware store.
I wish that my blog had a musical interlude that I could play when people scrolled down to one particular spot in the blog because this would be that very spot.
Can you see it with your very own eyes??
That is right?
Canned Chalk Paint and Spray Paint had a BABY.
-Spray Chalk Paint-
And it is not the over priced monster that I saw in another store for $35 a can.
No sir, it is not.
This sweet little girl is around $6.
I will take 10 please.
Just a few to test out.
Oh, now McLendons is out of that color. Oops, sorry. Better order some more because I am coming back!
Step One :
Lay Frame on totally disgusting drop cloth!
-Make Sure it is clean-
Step Two :
Spray Paint the frame- (let dry about an hour-depends on climate-spray 2nd coat on)
Then laugh at everyone’s bare feet that walk by because they get covered in chalk dust.
I guess you shouldn’t try to get into the garage frig for soda when I am spray painting, CHILDREN!
*Side Note-There is a residual chalk dust “over spray” from the paint that kind of gets all over even where you are not spraying.
It kind of has a mind of it’s own. It sweeps up just fine though. Kind of weird.*
Here is a close up of the frame after it had dried. This chalk paint looks so buttery smooth. It still amazes me.
Step Three :
Distress the frame-use sandpaper very lightly.
You can distress as much or as little as you want. It is purely a matter of taste.
I do this by hand so that I have more control over it. An electric sander is too harsh for this kind of project in my opinion.
Step Four :
Wax/Seal the frame (optional)
You can seal or not seal your frame. Again, it is a matter of taste. If you want an even more “antique” look you could use antiquing wax like is shown in the picture below. It will get in all of the groves and cracks of your frame and look nice and “old”. It looks really cool if done right. It also looks really bad if not done right so you might need to play around with it for a while.
I did decide to use a little of the antique wax on this frame but only a very little.
That is why you can kind of see a little sheen in the photo below because chalk paint has absolutely no sheen what-so-ever.
That is why if you use chalk paint you should usually seal it some way.
I don’t seal frames because I change my mind on color so often.
It is easier to go back and re-paint something that doesn’t have wax on it.
Surprise, surprise, I am a little color O.C.D. also….
Now you can marry your completed chalkboard and frame together.
Wow, you did a great job!
I bet they look awesome.
The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry in between the steps.
Now there is no stopping you.
You can look for ugly frames at thrift store and garage sales everywhere and turn them into your very own chalkboards.
The sky is the limit on shape and size.
Although I guess there is a limit in that the chalkboard plywood piece only comes in a 4 ft. x 8 ft. size sheet.
So, there is that limit.
I wonder if you could get that chalkboard plywood any bigger……
Happy hunting for ugly frames and spray painting my friends!
Post us some before and afters in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!