Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 13: DIY Verse of the Week Chalkboard

I'm so excited about this project because I've wanted to do this for a while!  The cost of one of these on Etsy is 20 bucks.  That is a few dollars too much if you can do it yourself so easily!  I bought the frame pictured above for two dollars at a garage sale a couple years ago and never have used it.  I bought dark primer (as recommended by the lady in the paint department at Home Depot) and chalkboard spray paint for around 8 dollars.  That cost and the little effort put into this project is much worth having a different verse each week hanging up in the middle of my home!  Troy get's John Piper's Fighter Verses on his iPhone each week, so I think I will just put those verses on the chalkboard.

Now, just to forewarn you, if you are planning to put this chalkboard within the reach of children, find another chalkboard tutorial!  We are turning the glass into the chalkboard, which is perfectly fine if handled by adults.

Without further ado, here is how you do this simple project!

You will need:
Dark Primer Spray Paint
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Old Frame with Glass
A safe place to spray paint (open-air, not windy, not wet.)

How to:

1.) Take the glass out of the frame.  Clean and dry it.
2.) Lay out newspaper, making sure to secure it with tape or something heavy to weigh the ends down.
3.) Put the glass on the newspaper.  Follow the instructions on the primer can.  Prime the glass.  Let that dry and repeat with another coat.  Let dry.
4.) Follow the instructions on the chalkboard paint can.  Spray glass with paint.  Let dry.  Repeat for a total of three times.  Let dry 24 hours.
5.)  Take a piece of chalk and turn it sideways.  Rub chalk evenly into chalkboard.  Wipe clean with dry cloth.
6.)  Write your verse or whatever you wish to on the board.  Put back in frame and put it out of children's reach!  Mine is going to hang on the end of our upper kitchen cabinets where everyone can see, but not touch! :)

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