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