Making your own chalkboard sign from recycled frames or kitchen cabinet doors is super easy. Whenever I go to a thrift store I always search for used frames with the ideas on how I can up-cycle them.
Also, don’t overlook cabinet doors. I find them sometimes at my local hardware store on clearance or if you have access to Habitat for Humanity Restore, you can get them at a very good price.
The one for this project I bought at a Restore from Des Moines for less than $5!
Supplies you will need
- Used frame or used kitchen cabinet door
- Chalk paint color of your choice. I used Dixie Belles Caviar . Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick for painting over glass or slick surfaces.
- Paint Brushes
- Lint free cloth: I like using cloth diapers
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If you chose to use a picture frame, you will need to use Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick after thoroughly cleaning the frame. If you go with a cabinet door, your need to use Slick Stick may be up to debate. I’ve used Slick stick on cabinet door projects and painting metal signs. I love this product!
Apply Slick Stick in the same manner as if you are painting it. Apply two coats and then let your sign sit overnight before moving onto the next step.
Painting your Chalkboard
Did you know you can technically use any color Dixie Belle chalk style paint if you want for your chalkboard, you don’t have to stick with black!
I ended up applying 2 coats of Dixie Belle Caviar.
Seasoning your chalkboard
Ghosting happens on a chalkboard that is not properly seasoned. Any design you use on an unseasoned chalkboard will remain long after it was applied.
Seasoning a Chalkboard
Use regular old fashioned chalk. Make sure your chalk is not labeled “dust-free” or for non-porous surfaces.
To season a chalkboard you will need to use the side of the chalk and rub the chalk all over your sign.
On your first layer, rub your chalk in an up and down motion first. Then for your second layer rub your chalk side to side.
Next take your lint free cloth and rub the chalk all over your sign.
You are essentially applying and rubbing the chalk into all the unseen crevices of your sign.
When your sign is well-seasoned, it will look cloudy gray like those chalkboard signs we used in school.
Now you’re ready to use your new sign and make your own messages or designs for your family and friends!
Click here to see how I decorated my chalkboard with my very own stencil, “Home is next to you” I made with my Silhouette personal cutter. This design is available from my Etsy store, Midwest Market Studio.
click below to see how I painted and Seasoned my Chalkboard sign
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