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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to: DIY Chalkboard

After reading and researching how to make your own DIY Chalkboard on other blogs and youtube I finally made my own! Let's get cracking, shall we?



Supplies Needed:
A paint brush (mine was a bit big, I recommend one of those little foam brushes)
1/2 Cup Acrylic Paint
1/2 Teaspoon Unsanded/white Tile Grout (I used 1 whole teaspoon and regretted it)
Any kind of wood surface that you want to paint - I chose a door handle as well as another fun shape. I also got 3 daisy shapes that I haven't painted yet so you might see a part two of this post in future.
Any chalk you can get your hands on - I chose regular ones from Ikea and some fun egg shaped chalk.

The first step is to combine your paint and unsanded tile grout. This was a bit challenging for me as I had too much grout with the paint. I definitely recommend just putting a little bit in and adding more if you feel you need it. Try to get the mixture as smooth as possible. Then paint your surface. I did 2-3 coats on mine. Then wait for it to dry!


Once the paint has dried, you slate the surface. Basically you just light run a piece of chalk over the surface and then wipe it away as best as you can so it has a real chalkboard feeling. If you don't like that the chalkboard isn't as black anymore, you can still do this step and then wipe the surface with a damp cloth and wait for it to dry before drawing or writing on it.


And tada, it's done! This is a really fun and easy thing to do, definitely great if you have kids around. I'm going to be doing this project a lot more in future.

Love,
Erin

10 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Ta for sharing it, I'd definitely trying it out one day when I have time

    The Young Bridget Jones

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    1. oh cool! would love to see your results :)

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  2. this is such a cool idea, will have to give it a try!

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  3. the chalk board looks great! love this DIY it's so fun!

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    1. it's a really easy one to try out :)

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  4. Oh wow, this is awesome! I've never actually even thoguht about making a chalkboard before.

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    1. It's really fun & easy - definitely recommend it :)

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  5. This is so cool! Thank you for sharing! Love it!

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