Friday, August 31, 2012

{Guest Post} DIY Chalkboard!

Hi all - Jennifer here from Gomming! I blog about all sorts of things - my life, my interests, my projects. Melissa asked me to do a little guest post and I thought this chalkboard project would be perfect. It's simple, cheap, & a great way to add a fun touch to any room.

You only need a few supplies to get this thing going:


a sample paint pot (I got mine for $.50 in the oops section at Home Depot), plaster of paris, a foam roller, a paper plate (or paint tray), a plastic spoon, a piece of masonite (or any rigid surface, really), & some fine sandpaper


Let's go! First things first, wipe down your board. Then, measure out about two spoonfuls of plaster of paris and dump them into the paint pot. Mix it all together until you get something like pancake batter. A really beautifully colored pancake batter.




Pour a little bit of paint into your paper plate/tray and get to rollin'. Just like you'd paint a wall, apply your paint. Try to do a smooth, even coat. Pick out any clumps! Let dry. Repeat. Fix your manicure.

Once your surface is fully dry, smooth over it with your sandpaper. Clean it off again with a damp paper towel and let dry. 

Now you get to start chalking your board! Grab a piece of chalk and rub it's side all over the painted area. Wipe it off. Repeat if necessary. Now you can go crazy! Draw some flowers, your weekly menu, or a daily mantra. The possibilities are endless! 


I hope you all enjoyed my post. If you make your own chalkboard, I'd love to see it!

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