So I suggested that I could turn them white and then antique them a good bit since that is kind of her signature style, as is mine now. She loved the idea. :) Now for the tour!
Here is the original color of the frames, but this is the back, as you can tell.
- gray primer spray paint
- white satin spray paint
- wire brush
- 220 grit (or higher) sand paper
- gloss finish mod podge
I have linked up my favorite products to use for DIY projects like these in case you want them. If you want my picks, click on the items needed and it will direct you.
I used sprayed-on gray primer first to give it a deep base coat. Then after letting that dry thoroughly, I applied a satin white spray paint for the top coat x 2 coats, with proper drying in between.
Now for the chalkboard part of this project! This was the original part of the whole thing.
To make a DIY chalkboard, you will need:
- 1 cup acrylic paint, color of choice
- 1 tsp unsanded grout, white
- 1 plastic cup for mixing
- 1 plastic spoon for mixing
- surface for painting into chalkboard
- blow dryer
- plastic wrap
- rubber band
I have linked the needed supplies to the actual products I use, if you want my advice on which brands to use.
As you can see below, I have the backings for the frames re-created from luan (thin wood sheets) instead of the glass of cardboard. This is because I originally did this project on both of those but wasn't happy with the end result.
The chalkboard-on-glass turned out to scratch off really easily, making it not last long at all. Since we had some of this laying around still, we used this instead. The cardboard looked fine, but when written on, you could see a difference in the texture of the writing.
I am too OCD for that nonsense and I know the photographer personally, so for one, I would hate to give her something less than perfect. For two, I would see the pictures she puts on Facebook with them occasionally and hate that I left it like that or constantly wonder if it bothers her... Not going to happen. So luan it was... :)
Step 2. Apply a thin coat with the brush going in the same direction.
Step 4. Repeat for a second (and third, if necessary) coat. Allow for proper drying in between to prevent bubbling & cracking.
Now smooth out any inconsistency you might see. If needed, apply a top coat to the entire piece to cover the difference and allow it to dry.
Step 5. Once you have a dry chalkboard, it is time to prep it for use. This is called "slating" the chalkboard. To slate a chalkboard, you take a piece of chalk and rub it lengthwise across the entire chalkboard until it is covered.
This one inspired me and now we are prepping our next chalkboard project. I will blog that one, too, but it will be awesome. Stick around!