We have been working on this chalkboard for awhile now so it wasn't completely last minute. It took some trial and error. We wanted to make our own chalkboard paint as we had heard about it working well for others.
I did an Internet search and found that there were a couple of different "recipes" out there.
1. Paint and Plaster of Paris
2. Paint and Unsanded Grout (one cup paint and 2 TBSP grout)
We already had paint and unsanded grout on hand so that was our recipe of choice.
We mixed our ingredients well (or so I thought), taped off our surface and started painting.
It was a bit chunky even after all of the mixing and squishing that I had done. I really had nothing to compare it to so I trudged on.
Maybe it takes an electric mixer to get this concoction to smooth out?
Maybe it will settle down once it has been applied to the surface and dries?
After the first coat dried it was still rough and some of the little chunky areas would "burst" and have a spot of whitish grout showing through.
Grrrrr. Really? Will this work after all...or will we be down at True Value buying a can of spray chalkboard paint?
My Calm and Collected Partner sanded it down again and we started over. (This man really balances me. You don't even know.)
He put some grout into an empty spice container. Then he brushed the paint onto the surface, sprinkled the grout over the wet paint, and brushed the surface again. Wallah!
Once we had the chalkboard surface figured out, I stained the "frame" of the chalkboard. This was done with a small piece of towel that had been saved in our rag bin and some Minwax stain.
Scott poly'd the frame and we called it good. This was meant to appear somewhat rustic and home-made. We don't really want our projects to look "perfect" or appear to be factory machined and finished. There is something to be said for well-aged, patinae'd, or distressed looking items. Whether they have achieved that look naturally through age, or by someones hand. It adds personality and character if you ask me. :)
Our finished chalkboard was created using only the items we had on hand (including: unfinished wood cabinet door, black semi-gloss paint, unsanded grout, Minwax wood stain, painters tape, empty spice jar, towel remnant, paintbrush, sandpaper, drill, mini hooks, silver metal bucket, and a metal hanger for back).
Here she is:
And if your last name is Johnson, and you are Treasured Friends of ours, then this is your official unveiling. Merry Christmas!!! Come by and get your chalkboard today...we love you!
All Our Love and Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and Superb 2012!!!
Scott and Sherry