Sunday, July 22, 2012

How to make a chalkboard using Chalk Paint

If you are new here, let me share with you my slight obsession with furniture makeovers. I especially love Chalk Paint! Why? I am an instant gratification kind of girl, so the fact that chalk paints don’t require priming, make me a little giddy!
I also love words! I love a good quote or a fantastic song or a simple line in a movie. I have been know to PIN quite a few of  “A few good quotes.” (sorry, that was a lame attempt at a great movie line) Speaking of Pinterest, I love to spend some time on there. If you haven’t checked out my boards, you need to do. Then you will know what I am saying when I say that I love to spend time on there.

So, you know that I love instant gratification and furniture redo’s. A chalkboard is the perfect project to marry the two.
cece caldwell chalkboard pin

I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I love using it for making my own chalkboards.I found this super ugly painting with a beyond fabulous frame. I knew that with a little love, it’s true calling in life could be seen. 

before & after of cece caldwell chalkboard

See what I mean? Look at those curves? Ooo La La..right? I am a little embarrassed to tell you how long this frame lived in my garage. I always knew what I was going to do with it, I just hadn’t found the right color yet. Enter Cece Caldwell’s Carolina Sun Yellow.  
This color was the perfect sunshine yellow. 

cece caldwell carolina sun yellow
I quickly got to painting because I knew that it would make me happy!

cece caldwell chalkboard after close 2

 tip #1
Chalk Paint is easier to work with than chalkboard paint.  The center of  frame was painted with a custom color of chalk paint. It’s the same color that I used on my Entryway Bench. I painted the center a couple coats and I was good to go.  It doesn’t have to cure the length of time that traditional chalkboard paint does.  I was sold! Plus-I think that it looks a little loved and not quite so new.

Tip #2
Cece Caldwell Chalk Paint was easy to work with. It is a little on the thick side, don’t be afraid to add a little bit of water to make it go one a little more smoothly. I did not paint this piece with the paint thinned. I used the paint straight out the can.  It worked fine for this project. However, I did paint a ceramic pitcher with this color. It was too thick without watering it down a bit. Don’t be afraid to play with this paint. It is very forgiving and so fun to play with.

cece caldwell chalkboard collage sassy style redesign

 Tip #3
Cece Caldwell paint is an all GREEN product. It is extremely low VOC and very earth friendly. I did notice that there was almost little to no smell at all.
cece paint with brush

Tip #5
Like all chalk paint, if you don’t want the surface to be a chalkboard, you need to wax it.  Cece Caldwell’s has a clear wax and dark wax. Cece’s dark wax is a little more on the warm side. It is beautiful to work with. I am not going to go into a ton of detail on waxing, but if you need to know more, you can check out this post & watch this video.

Tip 5
Overall, I really loved using this paint. The colors are very rich & seem to have a bit more pigment in them that other chalk paints that I have used.  Especially when you add the clear wax. The color is a little bit brighter when you add the clear wax. Keep this in mind. This is not a bad thing, but something that I think everyone should be aware of. They have a lot of beautiful colors. The colors that they offer seem to be right on trend. (that means they have coral!) If you want to see what colors the paint comes in, click here.

cece caldwell chalkboard side view

Cece’s paint is around $38.00 a quart.This is about the same price that you will pay for any chalk paint.  Don’t let this price scare you away. A little goes a long way! One quart of paint will do 5-6 furniture pieces.  You could get more use out of your quart if you end up watering down some of it for projects.

     Cece’s paint can only be found at particular distributors. Good news, most of them will ship. The same goes with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. April James is my go to distributor for all things Annie Sloan. She is happy to ship anywhere. Tell her I sent you!

I love my finished chalkboard! I love that it is a statement piece in my house and it didn’t cost me a lot of money. I love that it is the last thing that we see before we go out and face the world.  I heart words and so I love a good quote.

cece caldwell chalboard full room collage

A couple of things to keep in mind when you are making a chalkboard. You have to “prime” the chalkboard before you write on it. This means that you take a piece of chalk and cover the whole surface with it. I just use the side of a piece of chalk. I then use some paper towels, wipe if off and get to creating my quotes.

cece caldwell chalkboard prime

I hope that I inspired to you run, not walk and get some chalk paint & create something beautiful for your home!
Happy Creating!
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  1. Great makeover of that frame and picture - and thanks for all the info on the chalkboard and chalk paint!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. love love that color!!! i am a huge cece's fan, too!

    1. Don't you love when you find a great paint? Thanks for coming by!

  3. Love love your chalkboard LOVE! the frame find is fantastic. Thanks for sharing and all the pointers and tips too.

    P.S. I cannot understand Vitality Wins I have logged on 3 times and want to update my chart and such but it doesn't do anything and I can't. I got an email from Maria and wrote her back telling her the same. I want to get my post up tomorrow but I also want to understand how to play correctly. Any help would be appreciated. Sorry and thanks a bunch.

  4. Love how this turned out! love the yellow too! Please come hang out and link up to our link party "Home is Where the Heart is" Please feel free to link up any posts you might want to share! :)

  5. What a beautiful chalkboard!! It's so bright and refreshing. I think it would put a smile on my face every time I saw it. :) I'd be thrilled if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday link party. Hope to see you there!

    Thanks so much for sharing. I love it!

    1. Hey, Tausha! Just wanted to thank you for sharing this at my Throwback Thursday party! It's so pretty and refreshing. I'd love to see you again this week :)

  6. hello! I love chalboard art I turned one of my trash finds into an inspirational board. still new to all the things you can add the chalk paint to...I found some frames that i want to do this with but have a question, did you chalk paint the canvas??? or a board for the back???

    the frames are not working for photos, fell apart, cheepy frames,lol so thought this would be a great way to reuse in a creative way.


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