Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chalk Paint + Stencils on Small Chalkboards

When I started this project I thought I was going to add quotes to small chalkboards using wet-erasable white chalk. When I finished I had some stencilled chalk painted words and shapes that made the chalkboards work for me.

This is the after, all chalkboards and all paint stencilled.

Sequence of...

Before picture.  Five small chalkboards. Thrift store finds. Each is individual. Did forget to take a picture of the oval metal tray before. 

Painted with 3 coats of chalkboard paint. 

The sequence for each chalkboard is shown below. Paint x 3, rub with chalk, rub chalk in with fingers, wipe chalk off.

Used different finishes on the borders of each small chalkboard. 

The carved India product board was enriched with MMS Hemp Oil. Very thirsty wood.

The Bamboo cutting board with ring hook was given 2 coats of CeCe Caldwell Endurance on the raw bamboo sides and the striped section. 

The oval metal rim was polished.

The round metal rim with cut out designs on the rim was cleaned only.

The larger rectangular wooden tray has CeCe Caldwell Endurance on the rim.

After all that work I wanted to add something special to each chalkboard.

Small chalkboards, small sayings. 

Tried chalk, chalk pencil and then decided to use chalk paint. Didn't take any of my  'try things out' photos.

Stencilled 2 keys on the metal oval chalkboard

Added Tea and Coffee to the ornately framed chalkboard

Family was stencilled on the round metal chalkboard

The faux grain striped chalkboard got There Is No Place Like Home in ASCP Primer Red. I tried both turquoise and white and washed both off (did not show up enough). Because I had coated the faux grain striped area with CeCeCaldwell Endurance cleaning off the first two tries with chalk paint was easy (I washed them off immediately after stencilling/changing my mind).

This is my favourite of the five chalkboards.

That left the rectangular board. Tried to add MENU but my letters were just too big. Thought about Gone Fishing. No. Farmer's Market won. I love it.


Various small flat trays/breadboards to use for signs, thrifted
Chalkboard Paint (Rust-oleum)
CeCeCaldwell Endurance finish
CeCeCaldwell Simply White and ASCP Primer Red
MMS Hemp Oil
1/2" school artist brush, stencilling brush
various small stencils
cardboard to protect counter
masking tape (for striped chalkboard)
wire for hanging

Clean Up

Chalkboard paint dries quickly and when dry (on hands/brush etc) takes a lot of extra work to remove. I recommend cleaning hands, spills, brush etc. immediately after finishing your project, with soap and warm water.

Stencil Clean Up

Please always be gentle cleaning your stencils (as soon after stencilling as possible). The thin joins break easily so keep your eyes and attention on your hands as you clean.

Another peek at the five finished chalkboards.

A Few Previous Chalkboard Examples

Once you have the chalkboard paint there are many uses (have you seen the blackboard walls on Pinterest ! 

I've added links to several projects from earlier posts that I painted with Rust-oleum Black Chalkboard paint see here, here, here, here (photos below).

Thanks for visiting.

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Lynda at Reviews, Chews and How-To's Feb 18/16

Terri at A Creative Princess  Feb 22/16

Kammy at Kammy's Korner Feb 22/16

Jillian at Bella Rosa Antiques Feb 23/16

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  1. Love these creative chalkboard ideas and the use of paint for a design! I have a little one by my coffee bar but the chalk always rubs off

  2. These are all so cute! I have an old cutting board I bought at the thrift shop to make into a chalk board and now you have inspired me and given me some good tips!

  3. Darling pieces Joy! Love them all,


  4. You are one busy crafter! I never seem to get anything done.

  5. All the shapes and sizes of chalkboard is really nice. I love the tea and coffee one. Cute. You sure been busy!

  6. These are all so pretty and each one is unique in its own way. I really like how you showed respect to each piece and did something special and different to each one. Pinning!

  7. I love chalkboards. You have done a great job with these ones - you see potential in everything!

  8. These are great Joy. LOVE the key stencil! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  9. A wonderful project!

    and LivingFromHappiness

  10. What a great collection of beautiful chalkboards! The stenciling that you did for each one is wonderful! Pinning and tweeting to share. Thank you for linking up and being a part of Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  11. I love all of them, but 'farmers market' is my favourite :) Pinning!

  12. These look so nice and with great variety of frames. I've never used chalkboard paint before, but there are so many ideas on pinterest now. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  13. Great tutorial, Joy. The grain sack stripe is my favorite, as well. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh, my! *LOVE* all of these! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  15. Oh wow, I love them all! Especially the Farmers Market one. They look great. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  16. Great ideas! My favorite is the clipboard.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  17. Great Idea! Thanks for sharing at Table It!

  18. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop sponsored by Katherine's Corner. My favorite is the one with the keys, but they are all simply amazing. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next week ;o) Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

  19. Thanks so much for linking up to You're Gonna Love It. I love these and have chosen it as one of my favorite links this week! Swing over and grab a button!

  20. Great ideas. I have chalkboard paint leftover so I will have another project now. Thank you

  21. Love them all! Featuring these on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday this week. :)

  22. Some really great chalkboard projects !! Great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature!!

  23. great chalkboards! My favorite is the No Place Like Home


  24. I love chalkboards. I've never tried stenciling before though. Definitely pinning this one. Stumbling and tweeting as well. Happy Friday!


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