Saturday, September 4, 2010

DIY Magnetic Kitchen Chalkboard

I finally got around to putting together my kitchen chalkoard. It started with a visit to Southwork Antiques in July where I purchased a frame. Here is the final result:

It began with this:

And then I sanded it (through 3 colours of paint) until I was left with this:

Onto the partially-sanded frame, I dry brushed "Mascarpone" by Benjamin Moore. I totally fell in love with the colour and the name. It's from the Pottery Barn collection.

I went to Rona and had a thin sheet of particle board cut to fit inside the frame. I used Rust-Oleum's Magnetic primer, which is a dark metallic black colour. The insructions stated that "subsequent coats will increase the magnetic attraction." So of course, being the Type-A that I am, I applied 7 coats. Probably not necessary. I waited 1 hour between coats. The next day, I applied 4 coats of Rust-Oleum chalk board paint with a small foam roller. I waited a week (recommended) before putting it into the frame.

In the mean time, I found an old recipe box that I transformed into my chalk box. I sanded and painted it, then roughed up the edges once it was dry to give it a distressed look. The font is basketville old face.

Before using it, I conditioned it by rubbing the side of a piece of white chalk all over it, then rubbing that in with a cloth. And finally, I wiped it clean with a damp cloth.


  1. Looks GREAT! What happened to being type-A? Not painting the inside of the box? LOL.
    Can't wait to see the rest of the place...

  2. Okay, I'm definitely impressed with this process! Way to take something you liked and turn it into something you have!

  3. Thanks peeps! Things are definitely coming along! Maybe I'm Type-A Selective. I also didn't paint the back of the ikea cabinets that I refinished... LOL Shhhh... don't tell anyone! ;-)


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