Finally I have completed my project! Drumroll please…. It is a chalkboard frame! I have seen them on the internet and have been wanting one. So I enlisted the help of my husband and ran to Hobby Lobby to buy a gold frame. The frames can get pricey! Even with my 40% coupon it was $30, but I really, really wanted one and I am worth it. Ha!
Then me and the hubby, ran (really drove, but ran sounds so much better) to Lowe’s and found 1/8″ birch plywood to use as the insert for the frame. It is a very smooth plywood and comes in large sheet. It is perfect to use for this! While I was in Lowe’s I bought Valspar‘s Chalkboard paint in black.
My husband had to use his jigsaw, with a fine tooth blade, to cut the plywood to fit the frame. Try to get the plywood to fit as snug as possible in the frame so when you glue it, it won’t slide around in the frame.
I used a small foam roller to paint the chalkboard. It goes on very smooth, but does require two coats of chalkboard paint. So in between coats I used Glad Press and Seal to cover my paint and roller to keep it moist. Then I forgot about my project…. For days!!! Three days later, my foam paint roller and chalkboard paint were still moist! Crazy!!
Once the final coat of chalkboard paint was dry, I used Gorrilla Glue to attach the chalkboard to the frame. When reading the directions, it said that the Gorrilla Glue could expand up to 3 times. Puh-lease! I glued, and let me tell you, it does expand and does not come off unless you chisel it off. So take it from me, only use a fine line of glue to attach the chalkboard to the frame or you will be chiseling it off!
So here it is. My chalkboard frame! And yes, I am decorating for Christmas already. It is my favorite time of year and it seems that every year, I decorate earlier and earlier!
Hope you like it as much as I do!