DDG DIY: Paint it black with our framed blackboard tutorial

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DDG DIY: Paint it black with our framed blackboard tutorial

Sometimes I like to think that I create trends a long time before they become popular without ever actually participating in them. It's an incredibly special skill that I have absolutely no way of verifying since it's not like I can show anybody any proof. For example, two Winters ago all I wanted was a simple pastel pink or blue coat but at the time I had no luck finding one anywhere. Lo and behold the very next fashion week pastel coats were all the rage and were suddenly everywhere (which definitely lessened my liking for them and as a result I never got one). This happens to me all the time and whether it is something I've been planning for years (like my insistence since childhood that when I get married I won't wear white and there will be a taco truck in attendance, which is now so common it is boring!) or an idea for something I want to buy before it exists, the fact that I am all talk and no action means that I end up getting left in the trend's dust.

WANT MORE? If you like the look of our framed blackboard tutorial, then check out more DIY stuff here.

Another of my great ideas that has gained traction involves chalkboard paint. Ever since I first saw a blackboard being painted (I was a child and honestly thought it was just a type of black wood that you could write on) I decided that I wanted a whole wall in my house to be a blackboard. These days that's not a very revolutionary idea and there are heaps of houses that have it, but in the back of my mind I like to think it was my idea (just let me have that, okay?). Since I don't have a whole wall that I can paint at this stage of my life, I'm happy to settle for something smaller, which is why I'm showing you my framed blackboard tutorial. These little beauties make a great addition to your room and also work well as party or wedding decor.

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Frame
  • Chalkboard paint (you'll need to make sure you're buying the kind that can be used on glass)
  • A roller

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HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Remove the glass from the frame and place on a surface that you can paint on (such as an old sheet or flat newspaper).
  2. Pour a small amount of your chalkboard paint onto a flat surface and run your roller through it so the entire length of your roller is covered. You want a thin layer of paint on your roller (if it is too thick you get streaks and bumps).
  3. Using nice even strokes, cover the surface of your glass with the paint. If you get any lumps just go over them again until it is flat. Think of it like painting your nails — it is better to do a couple of thin coats than one thick globby one.
  4. Do a second coat of paint, otherwise your board will be see-through!
  5. Refer to the instructions that come with your paint, but to make your blackboard last (assuming you don't want to just add a fresh coat of paint between uses) let it dry for four hours (or overnight), then bake for 30 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius (325 Fahrenheit). Allow it to cool down with the door open.
  6. To condition your board, lightly run a piece of chalk over the surface and wipe away.
  7. Put it back in its frame, then put it on the wall or on your desk!

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What are your thoughts on my framed blackboard tutorial? Tell us in the comments below!

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