Part of 2 of my chalk board makeover (the first part can be found here)!
At the last end of our last thrilling installment of DIY, my chalk board was looking like this:
Ehhh, it was alright but not great. I wanted the color to pop more. A quick trip to Home Depot and I had picked up some new paint. Behr’s “Tropical Waters”, but I had it color matched to a test pot of Glidden because I wanted to have an eggshell finish and Behr didn’t seem to offer that as an option for test paint.
One of the first things I noticed was that I forgot to paint the inside edge of the frame the first go round. Oops. But at least I caught it! I was worried that using my paintbrush would glop too much paint on and it might leak down onto the chalk board beneath the tape, so I used a q-tip. It worked pretty well and let me control the amount of paint I was using better than if I had used a paintbrush. I also used a q-tip to get paint into all the nooks and crannies in the swirly part at the top of the board that my paintbrush had a hard time reaching.
After letting two coats of paint dry, I got out the Martha Stewart gold paint. I had planned to use the q-tip trick to lightly apply the paint along the swirly top decoration, but I wanted a little more control. So I used my finger. Very professional, I know, but it let me really control where I got the paint and I was able to smear it pretty thin. After that, having gold on just the top looked a little odd, so I smeared an even thinner layer around the sides. Then I wiped everything down with a wet paper towel to leave thin, uneven streaks of gold.
The gold adds a fun element to it, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. But let’s take it back to how it looked when I first got the chalk board:
Cost break down:
Chalk Board: $1
Paint: $4 (I already had the first paint I tried and the gold paint)
Not bad for a fun project!