It's been awhile since I posted a DIY tutorial. I have been so swamped with making cards that I had to force myself to stop for a sort time and tend to some important household duties. My daughter recently redecorated her bedroom. She went from Lily Pulitzer hot pink and lime green to a more mature color scheme of gray and dark purple. The transformation was amazing! The best and most fun part for her was taking all of the loose change that she found while she was cleaning her room and exchanging it for cold, hard cash. She was amazed when two coffee mugs full of coins garnished her nearly $60.00. She used the money to buy new decor for her room. (More on that later.)
I was excited to get my hands on the hot-pink chalkboard that she had hanging on her wall. It was just begging for some TLC. It somehow gained some gross (hard-to-cover) ink stains over the years, but they didn't stop me.
I had been wanting to use some chalkboard paint for awhile. I just so happened to have gray chalkboard paint on hand from another project that I never got around to making. It was so EASY to use the paint and so fun to up-cycle this nasty-looking pink board. Here are before and after pics:
I used Mod Podge and decorative paper to cover up the ink stains that weren't hidden by the chalkboard paint. The decorative paper also gives the chalkboard a more mature look. The photos below show how easy this project was to create.
1) Start off with the nasty-looking board. It didn't require any prep other than dusting.
2) Use chalkboard paint and a brush large enough to make wide strokes. Make sure the brush doesn't leave behind any bristles.
3) Apply a few coats of paint, waiting about an hour between coats.
4) Allow all of the coats to completely dry.
5) Cut and glue strips of decorative paper using Mod Podge.
Yes, it really was THAT easy.
More room projects coming up next week, including up-cycling a bulletin board and making a hanging decoration for the ceiling fan chain. Stay tuned.