Friday, August 05, 2011
Canvas Chalk Board
I made myself a canvas chalkboard quite awhile ago. It hangs on the wall in my kitchen. My little sister loved it so much that I made her one for a housewarming gift. However when I bought her canvas the two-pack was on sale, so I've had an extra lying around. My mother-in-law was over the other day and love it as well so I thought I would share this with you as I make one for her.
It's really quite simple.
You'll need a canvas. I like the 16"x20" size.
You'll need chalkboard paint. I had Rustoleum's chalk board paint on hand from a few Christmas presents. It was about $10 I think, but it's lasted me forever. You can also get chalk board paint in a spray as well. I've never used it, but I'm sure it works well.
You need to simply paint (or spray) the canvas. Be sure to get the edges too. Two coats work best.
*You should also take it outside to paint it. Don't use the middle of your living room floor like it looks like I did. I took it outside, really. *
Now here's the hard part. . .
According to the directions, you need to wait four days before writing on it.
I only waited overnight, but that's me-- living dangerously.
After waiting patiently, you need to "condition" the surface. Take chalk and cover the entire surface.
Then wipe it off with a dry cloth or paper towel. It needs to be dry because you shouldn't wipe it down with a damp cloth within the first 7 days.
Now it's ready to go!
I like decorate it with all those cute/funny/inspiring quotes you can find on Pinterest.