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My darling 4-year-old daughter has decided that it is fun to color on everything. She colors on the table, the floor, her chair and sometimes even herself. I applaud her for being so creative, but she needs a better outlet to unleash her coloring skills on. I thought if she had her own chalkboard in her room, it might cut down on some of her extra-curricular coloring. Plus, chalk is much easier to clean than marker, pen or crayons.
My daughter’s room is extremely colorful. She has bright orange walls, and her bedding is shades of purple, turquoise and pink. It is so fun! A boring, standard chalkboard would not do for her room. Thanks to Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paints that come in so many fun colors, I knew I would be able to create something just for her.
I received two colors of chalkboard paint – Raspberry Ice and Grape Jelly (how fun are those names?). I asked her which color she wanted for the board and which one for the frame. She choose a pink chalkboard with a purple frame.
Since this paint works on any porous surface, my idea was to find a large thrift store frame and cut a piece of wood to fit inside the frame. And I am so thrilled with the way it turned out. Ready to make your own?
- Large frame
- 1/4″ oak board
- Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint
- Foam brush or paint brush
- Plain white chalk
- Optional: Drawer handle to use as chalk storage
Step one: I started by disassembling my thrift store frame. I scored this large frame with an inside opening of 16″ x 20″ for only $3.99.
Step two: Cut wood to fit frame. I used my Ryobi circular saw to trim the wood to size. You can buy small sheets of 1/4″ oak boards from the hardware store. Mine was originally 24″ x 24″ and I cut it down to 16″ x 20″.
Tip: My wood splintered a lot where I made my cuts. My husband informed me after I was done that I used the wrong blade. Be sure to use the correct blade for the job! There are special blades for thin wood.
Step three: Sand the surface of the wood so it is smooth. I filled in a couple of places with wood filler, allowed to dry and sanded that smooth as well.
Step four: Paint the frame and wooden board with Martha Stewart chalkboard paint. I used a foam brush and very thin coats. The frame took two coats and the wooden board took three coats. I had small bottles of the craft paint and I still have plenty of paint left for another project. It really doesn’t take much. Allow to dry one hour between coats.
Step five: Reassemble your frame. I used the existing staples in the back to secure my wood to the frame. Allow your paint to cure for 24 hours.
Step six: Rub the flat side of your chalk over the entire surface. Wipe off and you are ready to go.
Step seven (optional): I wanted to be able to store a few pieces of chalk with the board. I used a drawer pull I found at the hardware store. I drilled two holes in the frame and attached the drawer pull upside down.
The finished chalkboard turned out exactly as I envisioned it. Don’t you love when that happens?
I also received this amazing Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Erasable Liquid Chalk, White. It goes on like paint but doesn’t rub off easily. You can wipe the rest of your chalkboard with a dry eraser and the liquid chalk will stay. This is great for images you want to have last longer on your chalkboard.
I received some stencils and wanted to create a fun chalkboard to get my daughter started. To use the Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Erasable Liquid Chalk and Martha Stewart Crafts ® Pendant Banner Stencil, you simply tape down your stencil (I used washi tape), pounce or rub the liquid chalk dabber on the stencil, and then carefully peel back your stencil.
Wash your stencil with some warm water (and soap, if needed).
Allow the liquid chalk to dry. It will not come off until you use a damp cloth!
The pendant banner and two scrolls were made using the erasable liquid chalk. The crown and writing, I free-handed.
To install the chalkboard in her room, I used Command picture hanging strips to attach it to her wall. There will be no permanent marks if we decide to move the chalkboard down the road. Plus, since they work like Velcro, we can move the chalkboard out to the living room if she wants to use it out there!
You can purchase Martha Stewart products at Michael’s: https://www.michaels.com/marthastewart. In addition to the new Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard line, visit Michael’s to learn about more new product, including Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor.
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