I’ve been seeing a lot of framed chalkboards all over the DIY blog network and I wanted one for my kitchen. The thing is, none here in Manila sells black chalkboards (which I can conveniently cut and put in a frame). National Bookstore sells only the fugly green school “blackboards”. I want an actual black chalkboard just like old fashioned coffee shops and delis, not the mossy green ones.
So for many months, I searched the net until a month ago I went with the hubby to Wilcon and lo and behold! They have chalkboard spray paint! It’s a little pricey though (P650.00) but I desperately want a black chalkboard. I have tons of other projects in line already so I didn’t think twice.
any old frame
plywood to fit the frame (I used 1/4″ plywood from our collection of scrap wood)
* You can opt to use the glass that comes with the frame if it still exists but mine was too thin, it might break after 3 uses so I chose wood. Using glass can save you time sanding but you may want to prime it first.
Clean your frame thoroughly from dust, chipped paint, etc. Mine was too dusty because it has been sitting on top of our shelf for months now.
Then, spray it with primer. (I don’t want a glossy effect for the frame so I didn’t bother painting it again, I love the white matte effect anyway.)
While waiting for the frame paint to dry, start sanding the plywood until you can no longer feel the grains. (I was a little lazy for this so I asked someone to apply putty on this.) If the wood is not smooth, the chalk residue would get into the grains, leaving white streaks on your chalkboard that would get hard to get rid of.
Here’s the wood now smooth.
Wait for a few hours before you apply the chalkboard paint. (I forgot to take a picture of it but it’s the same as painting other things anyway.) I wait the next day before I paint the board just to make sure it’s totally dry. Just follow the instruction at he back of the can when using your chalkboard paint. After 24 hours, your board is ready for your creativity! Just mount it on your frame and hang. (By the way, I sanded the frame a bit for a distressed look. I don’t have a close-up shot but I hope you can see the detail on this image.) Easy peasy!
Frame – P0.0 (from my own junk)
Piece of Plywood – P0.0 (from our collection of scrap wood)
Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint – P650.00 (good for several projects though)
White Primer/Flat Spray Paint – P159.75
Sandpaper – P0.0 (we have left over from previous projects)
GRAND TOTAL: P809.75