I’m a little behind the times and hadn’t had the chance to use Chalkboard Paint….until now! I came up with a great idea for a Valentine Chalkboard, and DecoArt was kind enough to provide the paint as part of their Blogger Outreach Program. I wanted to make a combo sign that used our anniversary and some other text in vinyl, but had a chalkboard look and left room to update how many years we have been married in chalk each year.
Instead of buying a canvas or using wood, I went a little experimental for my painting surface. I found a 3 pack of plastic 13 x 19 cake boards from Hobby Lobby for $5.39 (after 40% coupon). They were the perfect size for what I had in mind! At $1.80 each, I wasn’t too afraid of messing them up. To make a frame, I bought two square 3/8″ x 36″ dowels for $1.23 each.
Applying the chalkboard paint was really easy. You apply two coats, one hour apart, in different directions. So, the first coat I painted up & down and the second coat side to side.
The ridges in the cake board inspired me to model the frame after an old washboard. I cut the side (vertical) dowels 2 inches longer than the board so there would be overhang. To make the frame, I used some wood glue, then nailed the corners together with my trusty pink hammer.
Next up, I painted the frame using Americana acrylic paint in Red Alert to add some Valentine red.
It took two quick coats.
While the frame was drying, I cut out the words I needed with my new Silhouette Portrait. I love that thing!!! You could easily use scrapbook letter stickers OR freehand chalk the words if you don’t have a vinyl cutter. I don’t have chalk art skills, as you’ll see by my 14 in the finished product Once cut, I taped the words to the board to figure out the spacing.
Yippee – almost done and I’m loving it! To attach the frame, I used super glue gel from Dollar Tree.
To hang my new art, I used Command picture hanging strips. They are amazing, especially for seasonal decor. I love the pop of red the frame provides - it pulls together my other little Valentine touches.
It will be so much fun to update the “years together” section when I bring the Valentine’s Day decor out each February!
The chalkboard paint was really easy to use, just remember to give yourself time to let it cure overnight before you condition your new board with chalk. I still have a 1/2 bottle of chalkboard paint left and can’t wait to try it on something else!
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