Friday, November 6, 2009

Feature Friday: Teri's Almost Finished Chalkboard

Okay, so I’m posting an almost finished project. I’m posting it early so I can join Shanty2Chic’s Gorilla Glue party. It just needs another coat of chalkboard paint and to be secured in the frame. I was going to post pictures of the process, but my camera has gone m.i.a. (I’m sure I set it down someplace in the house in my usual sleep deprived state). I am working on a second one, so I will post all the steps then. I used a large picture frame that I repaired using Gorilla Glue and short ?plate shelf? (not sure if that’s what it is) which I secured to the frame with Gorilla Glue (I got both of these items for free at my local thrift shop on their Free Friday, where they put out items that they can’t sell in the shop). The shelf is to hold chalk and an eraser. I primed both the pieces and spray painted them a glossy black. I then went to a local metal working shop and had a piece of sheet metal cut to fit the frame (you can buy sheet metal and snips at a home improvement store, but I’ll be honest, I don’t think I could cut the sheet metal myself, it would be like eating tin foil or fingernails on a chalkboard). I then primed the sheet metal and painted it with chalkboard paint (I bought the kind that rolls on, it was more bang for the buck). I am planning to coat the chalkboard again at least once and then secure it in the frame with a piece of foam core board behind it so the metal doesn’t bend when it’s written on. I made this for my nephew for Christmas for his room. It is pretty heavy, but i think it can be secure to the wall without difficulty. I promise I will post more fun details when I find my camera. (I took these pictures with a combination of my husbands and my daughters cameras, neither of which I am very familiar with, so please excuse the quality of the pictures).

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This is kind of a funny angle, but it really is the best picture of it.

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Total cost to me for this project was $22: Frame and shelf were free, $5 for Gorilla Glue (which I will get a ton more uses out of), $5 for piece of sheet metal cut to size, $12 chalkboard paint (which I will have many uses for). So in reality it was a fraction of that because I will be able to use the glue and paint on multiple projects.

This project is linked to Shanty2Chic’s Gorilla Glue party and Frugalicious Friday on Finding Fabulous.

Shanty 2 Chic

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Entered at Trash to Treasure at Reinvented
p.s. sorry about not highlighting all the “f”’s for Feature Friday, it’s been a busy week, and I just ran out of time to do everything and wanted to get this post up.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is a neat idea! I'll bet he's going to love it!

Tara said...

what a cute idea. It looks great I love that it is dual purpose.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How neat that it's a metallic chalkboard and that you can use it as a bulletin board, too. NEAT!


Sheila :-)

Jane said...

It's awesome! Where did you get the metal cut for $5? I would love to do this project.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

GREAT idea to paint metal, as opposed to trying that chalkboard metal paint. It didn't work well for me at all. Looks great!

Your magnets are really cute too!

Thanks for linking up to SNS #4!

Funky Junk Donna

Julia Stainton said...

Super cute and great job! I have something similar that I'm trying to finish up. I keep getting distracted!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I'm stopping by from Saturday Nite Special #4 at Funky Junk Interiors. I think your nephew is going to love it! And you'll enjoy using the supplies again.

Mama Thompson said...

That looks great...and LOVE the price. I still haven't done any chalkboard paint in my home (shocking, I know)...still haven't gotten over the fact that there may be chalkboard dust...:)

Jacey @ Trash2MyTreasure said...

very cute! I've been wanting to make a magnetic chalk board and you've just made me want to make it NOW :) thanks for the inspiration. Great blog!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Very cute project. What a greta idea to use sheet metal, so the magnets hold. I recently used magnetic paint and was a little disappointed with it. Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Using sheet metal was a great idea. I used magnetic paint and I didn't put enough coats on--yours will work!


The DIY Show Off said...

Great project! So clever!

Thanks for adding the giveaway button too! :)
Good luck!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a great chalkboard! Love all the black. :) Thanks for the visit!

Connie said...

Thanks for the tips on making a magnetic chalk board. I will have to try that. I just signed up to be a follower and look forward to looking around your blog for inspiration.


Mama Kat said...

Ooooh I need one of those!

Leanne Helums said...

Love it. I need one of those too

Candace said...

I really like your idea. Have you had any problems with the primer and chalkboard paint sticking to the metal? Thanks..I'll have to try this one!

2sisters said...

No problems with paint chipping so far. I used a primer that was made for metal.

Its So Very Cheri said...

GREAT project--I hope you will post this on my party Its So Very Creative.
I plan to be a follower.

Jane said...

I somehow missed this project on Friday! Love your magnetic chalk cute and functional, I just might have to do this project! Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Love your chalkboard! I made one too. I like that you used the sheet metal to make it magnetic. So clever.

Room to Inspire said...

Looks great - I might have to borrow this idea!