Monday, August 27, 2012

Fun With Chalkboard Paint

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Chalking it up

If you're like me you have seen a million pins and pics showing yet another funky, creative way to use chalkboard paint. I mentioned in previous posts that I have been working on painting my fridge with black chalkboard paint....ok, maybe "been working on" is a bit of an overstatement. I started this months ago and it really could have been a 2 week project, but with a 2 year old who just loves to yank open the fridge door every chance she gets, on top of just being a bit of a procrastinator by nature (what can I say? I work better under pressure) I finally painted the final coat during Violet's nap and it looks fantastic. I can't wait to let her go chalk crazy all over it, but I will follow the directions and wait the 3 days to "condition" it (I am dreading this step. It sounds like a whole lot of chalk dust all over the place.)  After a full week, Ill be able to wash it down and open it for business. Lets be honest, I myself am anxious to doodle all over it, so it's going to be tough to wait... We will see! Anyway, the post detailing my adventures from start to finish is already in the works and will be up in the next week once I can add some pics of the chalkboard fridge in full swing and chalky glory.

Here's a preview of the finished product:
Our old, white fridge with a makeover.
Stay tuned for the detailed "how to" post!
In the meantime, whilst I had the chalkboard paint out today, I couldn't help but spread the love and paint a few more things...

Giving things a little repurpose 

A collection that I assembled on my rocking-chair porch and TA DA!
chalkboard paint pots and accents!


To Spray it or Brush it?

I have a can of chalkboard spray paint that has been collecting dust in my studio for almost 2 years now, just waiting to be used. I thought about cracking it open for this project, but in the end I had a bunch of sponge brushes handy and a whole lot of paint left in the roller tray.

It was storming like crazy, but I had a nice, dry spot on my porch to set up shop and get to painting. There's not much to say about "how to" paint a terracotta pot really, but I'll post my experience with it and maybe it will help someone out along the way. I also painted a square on an old metal bucket I found in my garage (such a killer find. I did a little dance when I spotted it amongst the lawn furniture and beach paraphernalia) using electrical tape to frame out the area; unfortunately my painters tape, which would have been the better choice, was somewhere in the depths of my studio so I conducted an experiment in the midst of my craft session. 

It doesn't look like much, but I was actually
SO close to buying something like this on Etsy.
 It was under my nose this whole time! 

Before:

I do love a terra cotta pot, but I just couldn't
wait to see it in a sleek black! 




















With a few items being painted simultaneously, I was able to go back and forth between the 2 pots and the bucket so that when I got back to a second coat on one, it was already dry. Two coats were necessary on all parts, painted on thick and evenly with a wooden handled, craft spongebrush.



















 The large terra cotta pot after two coats, inside and out. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure how the chalkboard paint will stand up to dirt and watering, since I fully intend to get some plants in all these things, but I thought it would look silly to leave the inside unpainted. Notice the electrical tape! Haha... Not ideal to use for something like this because it's stretchy and obviously not meant for this use, but it worked! I was able to paint on top of some of the seams, and though there was a liiiiittle bleed that happened, it is barely noticeable and I was far to happy with the overall outcome to care.

I am looking really looking forward to personalizing and getting creative with the chalk and will definitely post pics of the pots done up with our Halloween and Christmas decor. I have seen some great stuff on Pinterest that have the gears turning...
How cool is that? Click HERE to check it out at Good Housekeeping.com!

Can I draw on it yet??!?

So that's the first installment of fun with chalkboard paint and there's more where that came from! I am so excited to share my experiences with the fridge and whatever else falls prey to my chalky whims. I hope you've been inspired too and please feel free to share your own DIY with me should you get a chance to try it out yourself!

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