I had an old print standing in my garage that I wasn’t sure what to do with. As I was looking at it one day it suddenly occurred to me that this print was just the size I had been looking for to make a blackboard for my kitchen counter. We entertain a lot and the chalkboard I have been using to put messages or menus on was much too small.
The first thing I had to do was remove the paper backing.
Once the backing was removed, I pried up the staples and removed the print from the frame. Cherry red was my color of choice. I had it left over from a lamp redo (here)so it wouldn’t be a waste if I didn’t like it.
I like it….After the red paint was dry; I taped off the inside edge. Since this blackboard is going into my kitchen, I decided to tie it into the kitchen stool I recently revamped (click here to see if it ties in). To do this, I painted the inside edge with the same liquid chrome I had used on the stool. While the paint was drying, I painted the front of the print with chalkboard paint. (don’t worry – it was an old, ugly, unwanted print). Next I peeled off the tape. Then, reinserted the print come chalkboard into the frame. I left it to dry and went about my day.
When I came back to see my finished project; much to my surprise I found a visitor! Okay, yes I am a bug-a-phobic…but I swear, as I was selflessly putting myself in harms way to get an accurate photo of this horribly ugly creature; it reared up at me! It’s in attack mode, isn’t it!?! Now for those of you who do not realize this…I am a humble country girl from Texas (scorpions, armadillos, even cow ants); but I now live in Australia!!! How many of the world’s most deadly creatures are here? I can’t remember! This is definitely one of them. Nothing would rear back like that unless it had something deadly to offer!
After a few moments of calming….
One last touch and this baby is done! I printed this on my computer. Placed it perfectly in the center of the top of my chalkboard and traced the letters with gentle but firm pressure. This left a tracing behind. I filled in the tracing with white paint. The end result….
I must be perfectly honest…I did not make dinner tonight – we ordered out. Roast chicken tomorrow…perhaps.
If you like chalkboard paint, like me, I made some lovely rocks. The tutorial is here.
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