Tuesday, September 27, 2011

True Life: I have a Chalkboard Addiction

I know that there are probably SO many people out there that struggle with this just like I do. In fact, I know my friend Amanda Carver (Amanda Carver Designs) does! She recently chalkboarded a refrigerator!  If you leave something that I think is ugly in color...or maybe just boring...around me long enough, it most likely will get covered with chalkboard paint. Its just a fact that I have come to accept.

A friend at work gave me this brown, glazed clay flower pot a while back because she did not have a use for it. While I did not hate it brown, I thought it was boring. I also wanted to use it in my girl room, which is primarily blacks and teals and greens and the brown just looked all wrong in there.
So the other night I took it out back and shot it. With a can of chalkboard paint! You felt bad for a minute...I know! I did not do my fanciest spraypainting, because it was dark out and I kept hearing noises. I got a few drips, but you cant really even tell. Big deal, right?! I kind of liked the way it looked just painted with the chalkboard paint.
 Once you let the paint dry for 24 hours (this step is really important!), You rub chalk all over the newly chalkboarded surface, to prepare it for writing. It should look something like this, which I also don't hate!
 After doing that, you have to take a cloth, paper towel, something and wipe the chalk off. You don't want to get it all off, just kinda smear it around some.
 Once you have done this...it is ready to be written on! I have found that you should not press too hard the first few times that you write on a chalkboarded surface. It still tends to be a little soft and can scratch.
 I took the flower pot and filled it with ribbons, my glue gun, glue sticks and a few other craft items that are usually strewn about my desk.
 Once I had filled it as full as I could without over-filling it, I tucked it onto the open bottom shelf of the little cabinet that sits on my desk. It is the perfect size for the opening!
This was part of my campaign to organize and clean the girl room. I have a whole separate post about that! And several other little projects to share! :) The long-neglected and poorly organized craft room now looks amazing and neatly organized!

11 comments:

  1. I Love that!! I also have a chalkboard addiction. LOL! I made over an UGLY vase - http://mycoveredbridge.blogspot.com/2011/08/chalkboard-vase.html.

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  2. Hi,
    love this idea, I have just painted my front door and needed a new name sign....might just do this! Thanks for sharing.
    Andrea
    http://androushka-calicoheart.blogspot.com/2011/09/chilli-jam.html

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  3. Turned out so cute! I have YET to use chalkboard paint, but really want to soon! This is such a great idea! And the tutorial was perfect for a first time user. Thanks!

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  4. That is really a great idea! Turned out great for your room to hold your craft things!

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  5. Such a cute idea! I really want to try this chalkboard paint! Thanks so much for sharing at Show & Share!

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  6. What a fun idea! I've yet to delve into any chalk board projects. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! :)

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  7. What a Fun Idea! I would like to list these for sale in my new store, www.latter-daycrafters.com Take a look and let me know what you think :) Sincerely, Trina

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