Sweet blue chalkboards

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Okay, first of all, how excited am I that spring is on the way!  Flowers blooming, birds singing, happy blue skies.  And best of all…yard sale season is right around the corner.

Last week I played around with our jigsaw for the first time.  I used to be really intimidated by power tools – especially the ones that could possibly sever limbs.  But no more!  The jigsaw was actually really easy to use – and now I can do so many things!

These chalkboards have actually been floating around in my head since I first started this blog.  I found and pinned this awesome chalkboard necklace which was on etsy at one time.

I loved it as a necklace, but it also gave me a great idea for a bigger chalkboard. Sadly, I wasn’t able to actually make one until I overcame my jigsaw fear.  Which took place last week. Finally!

blue chalkboard

I drew the shapes I wanted onto some birch plywood and then cut them out.  I sanded the edges to help smooth them.

provence chalkboard

I painted these using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP).  This was my first time using it as chalkboard paint.  I used Napoleonic Blue and Provence.  I painted each chalkboard with three coats of paint, sanding lightly in between each coat.  Once the final coat was dry, I ‘primed’ the entire thing by rubbing a piece of chalk over it and wiping it off.  And there you have it – two sweet chalkboards.

blue shaped chalkboard

I can’t wait to make more.  And I definitely want to try some using homemade chalkboard paint.  (Love ASCP but I can’t be using it all up on chalkboards – that stuff ain’t cheap.)

These lovelies are for sale at Olde Salem Mercantile where I now have two booths going.  My latest booth is actually more of a wall than a booth – but it is a big wall so that definitely counts!  Once I get it arranged a bit more to my liking, I will definitely share some pics here.

I am sharing this project at Get Your DIY On.

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Comments

  1. Paula P says

    I love these! And I love that I am not the only person who changes the way I write a letter in the middle of a sentence. :) (the second ‘a’ in chalkboard)

  2. says

    Well done for getting over your fear of the jigsaw. I’ve used one a bit but I still don’t really like it – I call it the jjjjjudder ssssaw !
    I love your chalk boards.

  3. says

    I {love} these Carrie! Sharing on my FB wall and pinning. Thanks for sharing. Found you through the Linky at The Shabby Creek Cottage! I’d love for you to come and link up at my party that’s going on now :)

    New follower via GFC and Linky!

    Hugs!
    Kelly

  4. says

    Visiting from Transformation Thursday! I love this project! Such a great idea and you are truly talented!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    blessings,
    karianne

    PS Love the necklace, too.

  5. says

    I never thought to use chalk paint for chalkboards, but why not? So very clever, love the blue! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our Get Your DIY on Party! Hope to see you again Sunday with your thrifty Halloween project :)

    • Carrie says

      Thanks Christy! Chalk paint can be a little pricey to use for chalkboards but it does offer some beautiful colors which is nice to change things up sometimes.

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