Ahk! it’s been weeks since I lasted updated, doesn’t mean though that I’ve stopped crafting. In fact, I’ve been so busy with crafts in between whatever else is happening in my life. For several weeks I’ve been debating with myself if I should keep posting tutorials alone but then meh– this blog o’mine is about sharing all things crafty whether or not it’s a tutorial. So I shall include everything under the crafty sun that I create and stumble upon. (ooh rhymes!)
Also, I’ve been on the hunt for those white laundry bag things that you can turn into a mini home photo studio and have had no luck. Forgive me for the very amateur home photos, but we shall work with what we have for now. 🙂
So I came across Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint a couple of months ago and it has been right in front of me on my desk for several months, begging me to be used. I finally did! I got it from Deovir (that store takes my money all the time!). Let me tell you, this is the easiest diy chalkboard I’ve tried. I’ve done the actual make your own chalkboard paint before (reserving that for another post) and it was not as easy as dip your brush in paint and paint away! Here are the tools I used:
You wondering what the cup is for? Well, for the paint silly! I didn’t want to use more than what I needed so I transferred the paint on to a disposable cup. If you check out Martha Stewart, they have more colors for the chalk board paint. I like black though because it just goes with anything. As I said, transfer the paint, you will have it to make your own measurement on how much paint to use. I used about half a cup for my box and another half for the second coating.
Then on to the painting. You have to put two coats of paint for each project. And as directed in the packaging’s instructions, you will need to wait one hour for the first coat of paint to dry up before applying the next coat. You might notice that when you do your first coat, the paint does not completely cover the surface (especially mine had a glossy surface), but don’t fret! That’s the reason why we need to do two coats of paint.
It takes another 24 hours for this to absolutely, definitely, and completely dry up! That was also mentioned in the instructions. But the wait is oh so worth it! I like how the finish of the chalkboard paint is not super matte and has a little bit of gloss/shimmer on it. Not sure if it was because my surface was glossy to begin with. (More reason to do this project again on a different surface!) I then treated the chalkboard surface by rubbing regular chalk all over it and wiping it clean.
For my finished typography chalk things, I used UNI’s chalk marker. I’ve asked the Baristas in various Starbucks locations and they always tell me that I can only get the chalk marker they use from the US. I then found UNI (ha!) accidentally on Facebook and they were kind enough to direct me to the nearest store for these chalk markers. They are awesome!
What did I use my not so little chalkboard box for? Washi tape hoards! I organized them simply by using a couple of card stock paper and simple origami skills (click on the photo if you wanna learn how). Done done done! What a breeze it is to do chalkboard paint now. Should I chalkboard paint my wall?!
Got questions or any thoughts? Let me know 🙂 Happy Crafting!