I'm sure most all of you know how to make a chalkboard. But, maybe there'll be at least one person to read this that hasn't already made one of these. I thought these two, using ANTIQUE frames turned out really well, SO, HERE GOES.
This old frame looks nice just as it is, but I thought I'd bring it into the present with a little paint.
I started with a gray base coat just to give it some depth. Mixed my own using white plus black. You learned that in kindergarten, didn't cha???
Then, brushed just one coat over the entire frame.
After that dried, I brushed on a coat of Gesso. See how you can see the gray through?
Annnnnd, after that coat dried, I decided I wanted it to be eeeeven a little more white. So, I brushed on another coat of Gesso, but this time, I thinned it some with water. I didn't want a SOLID look.
Not yet? No, I think just one more coat of thinned Gesso. Then, she gets just a light sanding, here and there.........just hitting the high spots.
I had my favorite handyman cut some 16" x 20" Masonite boards to fit the frames and then I just rolled on some Chalkboard paint. This one is made by Folkart. It's acrylic and cleans up with water. A couple coats will do.
Here's a couple more frames that I painted while that dried...........one is a pretty pink, the other, white.
After everything is dry, just pop them into the back using tiny nails or a diamond point gun (if you happen to have one).
Now, go to the next page to see how they turned out.
Of course, the chalkboard can be taken out and a mirror or photo put back in, but I love this look.
What cha think?
Check back in a day or so and I'll give directions for the little blue side table with the broken china mosaic top. See ya then!!!
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