I have a few projects on the go, ok, more like a dozen or so – but they are starting to come together! My mom reminded me recently that I work best under pressure. LOL, I blame her. (just kidding, love you mom!!)
Today’s project is fairly quick and easy. I made a couple of chalkboard trays. These are floating all over blog land, but I decided to use ASCP. I seriously adore this paint. I think I say that every time I use it, but there isn’t anything I have tried to do with it that hasn’t worked out even better than I imagined.
But it also has really pretty detailed edges.I know that since I used ASCP I could have done my “chalkboard” in any color (and I may do another still) but I went with the traditional dark grey/black. Luckily for me, I still have a quarter can of graphite left! It takes 3 coats of paint in order to have a chalkboard surface (thanks to Tara @ Lauren Lane Decor for always having the answers to my questions!) While this paint dries pretty quickly, I did stick it under my desk lamp in between coats. Patience is not really a strong suit here.After my graphite was on and had dried for a bit, I covered the edges all over with old white, and then went back and hit the raised details with a light coat of paris grey.
I wasn’t crazy about how sloppy my edges looked so I went back and taped it out with painters tape and just went over the line again with more old white. It’s still not perfect, but it looks better.
I gave the edges a coat of clear wax, for added protection, but you need to leave the chalkboard surface un-waxed.The first time I wrote on it, then tried to wipe it off I was a little worried, it didn’t erase completely, but I was told to use a damp cloth (barely wet) and it worked perfectly.
In case you needed more motivation to get your butt in gear.
(and no, my Christmas mantel is not set up – I totally faked it;) for that shot)
I am thinking this might make a pretty sweet teacher gift!
I have another round tray drying right now, **note to self ** do not ever buy another round tray because you are way too anal to be ok with an imperfect line. But it’s ok, I figured out a way to disguise the imperfection and it actually looks like a design element!
I have a girlfriend with a birthday this week, and I think this will make a great gift! So, no pictures for you;)
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