Monday, June 9, 2014

ChalkClay Paint to the Rescue

Chalkboard and Bird

Free bin at a Sunday garage sale - frame with a board and a pottery bird.

Bird before (above) and after one coat of Simply White (below).

The long tail had been repaired and was secure. The white paint certainly covered the joined pieces. 2 coats of paint. Dried in the sunshine and then a coat of clear wax.

I painted the wooden frame with two coats of (dried in sunshine between coats) CeCeCaldwell Santa Fe Turquoise and when it was dry one coat of CeCeCaldwell Clear Wax and later polished with a clean cloth.

The small frame with the wooden back board was just right for a small Chalkboard.

Just a reminder - when using chalkboard paint wash it off your skin and brush as soon as possible. It tends to get harder to remove as time passes. The chalkboard got 3 coats of Rust-oleum Chalk Board paint. I paint downward for first coat, then across for second and down for third. It was sunny and warm so drying time went quickly. After the chalkboard has dried, cure it by rubbing chalk all over and then rubbing the chalk off with a clean rag.

The wooden chalkboard was nailed into place. I used my swivel headed Picture Framing/Glazier's hammer (Lee Valley) and 1/2 inch nails.

Then the paper backing was measured, cut and rough fitted, trimmed a bit more and glued in place.

I hung the chalkboard outside.

A simple and useful project.

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  1. Well, you can't beat free! I love the color you chose for the frame, and the chalkboard paint was a great idea. You reminded me of a chalkboard tray I made that I need to dig out and use!
    Dawn @ We Call It

  2. Love what you do Joy. The bird and frame looks so good. Love that Turquoise color.
    Have a great week.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. What a sweet little bird (in white-not the original). Your chalkboard turned out really nice. Do you know how to wet your brown paper before you glue it down? Let it dry and then take an Xacto knife and cut off the edges. It dries real tight. You probably already know that.

    Good work!


  4. Why is it when I see something free it is nothing you'd want to touch, much less take home. You did a lovely job with these!

  5. I love the color. I did one in this color last week. I like the size of yours. Birds are always a favorite find.

  6. I would never have thought of painting that bird! I had a fail today--my own fault. I let my granddaughter talk me into letting her painting a desk I picked up over the weekend. Thinking she knew how to paint (silly me) I let her start without me. Guess I'll be stripping at least the top and redoing it. Ah me. She tried, I just should have been monitoring more closely.

  7. If it doesn't move, paint it! Thanks so much for sharing this at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  8. Super cute! Lovely idea! I love the way that the bird turned out! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  9. I bought some chalk paint.... I must use it. You have inspired me!

  10. Hi Joy. I just don't know how you do it!! They both look lovely! I would never think of doing that if I saw things like that at car boot sales. I wish I were a little more adventurous over you and some of my other blogging friends. I want to thank you also for all your support and encouragement over these last few months. I will try to comment rather than just read blogs! I do appreciate you though. Joan

  11. Brilliant - they should stay together as they make a charming vignette!

  12. The power of paint strikes again! It looks great with its new look and functional too with chalk paint :) Great job

  13. Joy to the rescue! You always manage to turn junk into treasures. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. Love it Joy! The color is beautiful and do so love chalkboards! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  15. I love this! Great color! Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  16. great projects and love your tips!


  17. Joy, I featured your project on the Brag About It link party here -

    Val @ Love My DIY Home

  18. wow you really do a professional job. I wouldn't want anyone to look at the back of my projects! Love the greenish frame and everything about your project.


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