Y’all, I am zooming through this haul!! Sweet friends, I have a quick makeover for you today…this cutie pie standing chalkboard that I found at a yard sale in the spring for only $3:
It was marked $5, but it had blown over and part of one of the back legs had broken off, so I offered $3 and they accepted!
I glued the broken piece back on with wood glue as soon as I got home and it was good as new!
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The first step to any makeover is a good cleaning! Once I removed the chalkboards by removing the tiny screws that were holding them in place, I mixed up some White Lightning into my tub (One TBSP in a half gallon of warm water). Then, I gave it a good wipe down using a terrycloth pad:
This thing was covered in webs and crawlies lol.
I used Dixie Mud to fill in where I had to glue part of the leg back together:
I sanded it smooth, and I was ready for paint!
This thing was pretty rough. The inside edge where it was recessed to hold the chalkboards was super splintery. One run down that with your bare finger, and you’d be in trouble!
I sanded it as smooth as I could, and to hide those imperfections, I decided to give it a really weathered look.
Creating a really weathered paint finish
To get a really weathered look for this chalkboard frame, I started with a coat of Cotton white, applied in a way that didn’t cover completely. I wanted some of that wood to show through:
Next, once that was dry, I layered Vintage Duck Egg Blue over the Cotton in the very same way, trying not to cover completely:
Once that was dry, I sanded liberally all over with 22o grit sandpaper:
As you can see, the result is a really weathered looking paint finish.
After applying the wax, I buffed it in with a clean, soft cloth.
Fixing the Chalkboards
The chalk board panels were in rough shape:
I was tempted to just cut new ones. I did try to paint the backside, but they were a bit rough.
Now this is a family friendly blog as you well know, so skip ahead if you don’t want to read any inappropriate content. (You’re intrigued now though, aren’t you??)
The ladies who sold me this chalkboard were nice as could be…super friendly. So, imagine my surprise as I was trying to decipher what had been written on this chalkboard in pencil, only to find that it stated Sean is a c@%$ sucker.
It’s hard to see in the photo, but can you imagine how embarrassed those ladies would be if they knew that is what was still written on this thing when they sold it ha ha!
I’m sure it was one of their kids that did it, probably to a sibling, but you never know. Anyway, it gave me a good chuckle!
Let’s cover that!
My go-to chalkboard paint is the spray version from Rustoleum. I used an entire can and went over both boards a few times, and it ended up completely covering anything that had been scratched into the surface:
Season the chalkboards
It’s said that if you write on your chalkboard without “seasoning” it first, that first writing will be faintly etched in there permanently. I haven’t tested that theory and chose instead to follow the rules lol.
To season a chalkboard, you just cover the surface completely in chalk:
Then, wipe away the chalk with a clean, soft cloth:
All that was left to do was add the chalkboards back to their frames with the original screws that held them in place.
Here’s how this standing chalkboard, that once was used to bash Sean, looks now:
It’s hard to tell the size of it in the before photo, but it is quite a good size!
This finish was perfect to hide all the imperfections. There was a crack in the wood along the bottom there, and it’s hardly noticeable now…
I’ve shared before how to up your chalkboard writing game a bit.
How to Up Your Chalkboard Writing Game
First, write what you want in your best penmanship…
Then, using the worn-down flat tip of your chalk, accentuate every down stroke:
It just beefs up the letters a bit to make them a bit more fancy!
Super quick and easy, and that’s another piece done!!
Here’s everything I’ve completed so far from this haul:
Upcycled Tea Box (This is a can’t miss!)
Painting the Smalls #22 (Six mini makeovers!)
Having a quick project to work on left me time to work on my Furniture Fixer Upper pieces for Thursday!
I’ll be back sharing what I did to bring these three pieces to life:
I hope to see you then!!
UPDATE: No need to wait, yay!! See how I rescued this ho hum set HERE now!
Have a lovely week!
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