Happy Wednesday! The second Wednesday of the month is always my favorite because it’s Monthly DIY Challenge day. Can you believe we’ve been doing this challenge since 2014? Sometimes the products we’re working with are a challenge for me and sometimes I know exactly what I want to make. Either way, I like that it pushes me to think and use products I wouldn’t always choose on my own.
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This month our challenge item is chalkboards (or chalkboard paint). After sitting on this one for a few days I remembered I had an old headboard in the basement that would make a perfect chalkboard.
I picked two of these headboards up for $5 several months ago. We’ve tried selling headboards as-is in our booth and they just don’t sell, so I tucked them away in our stash until I could think of something to do with them.
To start, I used a miter saw to cut off the legs.
From here I just painted the center portion with chalkboard paint, then taped it off and painted the frame around it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Old White. Then I ran into trouble. When everything was dry I pulled the tape off and big chunks of the chalkboard paint peeled off the headboard. I had to go back, sand it down, prime the center portion and repaint the chalkboard paint. In hindsight, I wish I had primed it before I started and it would have saved me a lot of time.
I turned a cup drawer pull upside down and attached it to the bottom of the chalkboard to serve as a chalk holder.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I think it’ll be a quick sell in our booth. I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it then wiping it off with a cloth, then added a cute saying. If you’re interested in an easy technique for writing pretty lettering on chalkboards, I have a full tutorial here.
There are more unique chalkboard Monthly DIY Challenge projects below. If you’d like to see the full tutorial for any project just click on the photo!
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