Crafty Projects: Up-Cycle Anything into a Chalkboard

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Not so long ago, I had looked into buying a chalkboard to use as a prop in a photo booth at a wedding. I decided it would be cheaper in the long run to buy some chalkboard, paint it, and do it myself! That way, I was able to up-cycle something old into a useable, customized item, and have bragging rights because I made it myself! Find out how you can make a chalkboard out of almost anything in this article!

First, You will need to buy a small tin of chalkboard paint, available from most hardware stores. I got mine at Canadian Tire for $19.99.

Next, you will need to find an item that you would like to turn into a chalkboard. You can be as creative as you like but some items that I found both useful and fun were a piggy bank and photo frames. Be careful, if you’re anything like me, as you’ll go into a chalk-boarding frenzy and be looking all around the house at anything you think could use a little something extra!

Next you will need to set up a painting surface, it does get messy so put down some newspapers and I was using foam brushes, but I’m sure that regular paint brushes should work fine too. Give your surface a good allover coating. The tin boasts that you can cover most surfaces in one coat. I found that most surfaces needed two coats and that surfaces that were shiny, needed three coats. It is however, easy to wash off your hands as the tin also says, which is very handy because I got it all over myself.

Decorate and enjoy!

written by erinwoodgatesphotography on 2012-09-05 in #lifestyle #upcycle #diy #mirror #photo-frame #photo-booth #stein #craft #chalkboard #paint #pig #vase #money-box #recycle #chalk

One Comment

  1. altijd
    altijd ·

    Spraypaint blackboard paint also exists - might be helpful for odd shaped things, or large areas :D

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