Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chalk It Up to Dining

I wanted to add a bit of whismy to an empty wall in our dining room, so I thought the perfect addition would be a Chalk Board. I've seen some amazing chalk boards on these blogs: here, here and here. I knew I wanted the chalk board to be large and the frame had to be pretty.

Mr. CHL and I agreed we didn't want a black chalk board - we thought black would be to harsh in the room. Instead we wanted a dark gray chalk board plus I didn't want a bunch of leftover chalkboard paint. I googled diy chalk board paint colors, when I came across a great how to from Martha Stewart. Thanks to the amazing Martha you can have a chalk board in any color your heart desires.

We got a flat sample of Behr paint in Dark Pencil - I love this color very rich deep gray. The sample paint is the perfect size for this project 7oz. Next we mixed two tablespoon with the paint untill it was nice and smooth. Think hot cocoa with no clumps. Mr CHL applied the paint to the glass using a sponge roller, nice thin coats. We let the paint dry ten mins between coats - and lightly sanded each coat (after it was dry). It took about 5 coats to reach perfection.  











Meanwhile Mr. CHL spray paint the frame a glossy white, next I applied three coats of glossy white to the frame



A lovely addition to our almost done dining room & I love the deep gray color, looks perfect with the walls








Supplies Needed for Chalk board paint

1 cup of flat paint (any color)
2 tablespoons of unsanded grout
Sponge roller

Project Breakdown

Frame:     $ 14.99 (I used a picture frame because they are cheaper then framed mirrors)
Paint:       $    2.99
Unsanded Grout: Free, had on hand (previous owners left misc grout our garage)
Primer: Free, had on hand

Total Cost: $ 17.98

6 comments:

  1. Ooh, this is such a great idea! Don't you just love Martha Stewart? The white frame plays nicely against the grey chalkboard. Two thumbs up!

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  2. That's a good idea to tint the color so it's not black. I just did a chalkboard this weekend too, but haven't posted it yet. Mine IS black though... I bet I could add some white paint to it, and have it work... Hmmm, now you've got the wheels turning!

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  3. Aw, how cute! Thanks for the how-to!

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  4. Wow! You are soooo creative! What a great idea - and a super family project. My kids would love it! The best thing you ever did was buy a house! I'm glad we're friends, lol.

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  5. I love that chalkboards can be any color (High 5 Martha) you heart desires and coudln't wait to share with everyone, this is such a easy project!

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