I desperately wanted to make a DIY chalkboard for our kitchen that could be a place for our menu plan, or just a space for the hub's and I to write little love notes on for each other to see. I know DIY chalkboards have been surfacing blogland for quite a while, but I'll still show you how mine turned out.
It all started with an old wooden frame that I found at the Goodwill a while back for about $2. I knew it would be the perfect size for a chalkboard, so I swiped it up and threw it in the back of our coat closet until last week.
After the curtains were hung, I decided it would be the perfect time to spray paint the frame! I took a swatch of the fabric down to Lowe's and purchased this spray paint in "avocado":
And a small can of this chalkboard paint, which by the way, is not cheap! I think I paid $15 for this tiny little can. I hear there are such things as Chalkboard Spray Paint, and I was hoping to find that, but this is all the fine folks at Lowe's had the day I went. (Luckily my frame only set me back $2!)
I started by removing the board from my frame, and setting it aside. Then I proceeded to spray paint the frame a nice shade of green!
I gave it two nice coats, and then started on the chalkboard. All I did was paint this twice and let it completely dry for 24-48 hours.
After my bright green frame dried, I realized it looked a bit too polished for my taste, so I used the claw of a hammer and some sandpaper to "rough" it up a bit:
And here's the finished project waiting to be hung!
It's going on the blank wall next to the fridge, right after I touch up those spots on the wall with some paint! ;)
I wish I could say this project was as cheap as the cork monogram, but in the end it set me back about $20. It's probably still cheaper than buying a chalkboard brand new, so I still feel pretty good about the $20 spent. :)