Chalkboards are all the rage, right? I can’t get enough of them! I’ve had so many of my clients lately ask me how to make them, so I thought I would put together a tutorial.
The key to a good chalkboard is a good frame!!!! You are looking for a framed PRINT with no glasson it that has a great frame! Think Kirklands. Think garage sale season. Think of the ugly framed prints your grandmother used to have that are now in your attic. They are ugly, but the frames are cool. If you can find a print with a cool frame…you are golden.
If the frame is super slick or you are an OCD-ish person, it needs primed first. If you are me……just spray the frame with a great color and ignore the priming.
After the frame is painted and CURED (you may need to wait a few days), tape it off (sorry this picture had no tape in it, but I swear I do tape) and then prime over the print. Any water based primer works. Even is the print is not smooth, but has a little texture….its totally fine. I have gray primer at home and black chalkboard paint covers quicker over gray primer than white, so that’s why I used gray primer. But any primer color will do. I buy my chalkboard paint from Home Depot or Lowes. And I ignore their directions. I roll 3 coats of the chalkboard paint over the primer and call it done. Then, you need to CUT THE TAPE off. Again, trust me on this. Otherwise your chalkboard paint dries to it and it will peel the chalkboard paint off of your print. And you will throw things. I promise. So, cut the tape.
Here is a chalkboard I finished before Christmas.
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Have a great day with a splash of paint!