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.


3 comments :

  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...

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

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  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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