Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. Ours was filled with Beauty and the Beast busy-ness. Our sweet daughter played the wardrobe (Madame de la Grande Bouche) over the week-end in four showings of the play. But my sweet husband and I still managed to squeeze in some alone time on Friday. We dropped some merchandise off at my shop and then drove into Bennington (VT). We had lunch and visited Robert Frost’s home in Shaftsbury (VT), and we might have run into Goodwill as well. I’ll tell you all about it soon. Today I have a quick and easy project: a chalkboard made from a vintage framed print.
The print of an elegant woman was nothing special, just a well-known painting (by Ingres) printed on cardboard. It was nice enough, but had a hole in it. I bought it for just a buck because I liked the frame.
I know there’s nothing terribly special about homemade chalkboards these days, but I feel as though I’m testing out all the various options for making them. I’ve made chalkboards with spray paint, and with canned paint applied to glass, and this time I used some of the same canned paint on cardboard, with great results. Just two coats and I was done.
Here’s the paint I’ve been using and am quite happy with (no compensation).
I popped the cardboard back in the frame, secured it with small nails, and backed it with brown craft paper. I attached a wire with two eye screws for hanging.
As I’m sure you’re aware, it’s a good idea to “season” your board before writing on it. This is accomplished by rubbing it lightly with the side of a piece of chalk and then thoroughly erasing it. If you skip this step, you’ll have a permanent sort of shadow of the very first words you write. And you don’t want that, trust me.
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I finished this project last week and brought it up to my booth on Friday. It’s a nice size (16″ x 20″) with the nice vintage, gold-gilt frame, priced at $28.00.
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