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Crafting with chalkboard paint

Updated on December 9, 2014

Chalkboard paint is more fun that I thought

I needed a gift for our monthly craft and quilt guild meeting. Every month someone brings a gift that we raffle off to make money for any guild purchases or to sponsor some cause. This is my month but it is difficult to decide what to take. Although all of us are crafters or quilters, not all of us do both.

Fortunately, I have Pinterest to help me along. Someone had pinned the chalkboard coasters and it seemed like the perfect gift. It's easy, quick, and guaranteed to please. Unfortunately, Pinterest has a search function so I typed in chalkboard. Now I am right back where I started. With the ideas shown here, I can't decide what I want to do so I guess I will have to make them all and then decide what to take later. .

Very cute idea and so simple

Follow the link to make this chalkboard coasters
Follow the link to make this chalkboard coasters | Source

What you need to make the coasters

The 4 inch tiles can be picked up at any home improvement store. Some suggest that you prime the surface first and then paint. The first ones I made were not painted or glossy so I did not prime them.

Foam brushes are easy to use and clean. For the very porous surface of the terra cotta tiles I bought, the brush was very useful in filling in all the cracks and dips.

I used the black felt for backing of the tiles but if I were working with other colors of chalkboard paint, I would match them.

Making the coasters

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Tiles were wiped down to remove the dust.Painting with the chalkboard paint. I used two coats.Drying. It takes three days to cure.Felt bottoms were applied with spray adhesive. They were weighted with books to make sure that the adhesive held;Originally I was going to cut around them with scissors and then remembered that I am a quilter and the rotary cutter worked really well.Our raffle gift is called the "Monthly Mini", so I seasoned the tiles with chalk, erased it and wrote in the name.
Tiles were wiped down to remove the dust.
Tiles were wiped down to remove the dust.
Painting with the chalkboard paint. I used two coats.
Painting with the chalkboard paint. I used two coats.
Drying. It takes three days to cure.
Drying. It takes three days to cure.
Felt bottoms were applied with spray adhesive. They were weighted with books to make sure that the adhesive held;
Felt bottoms were applied with spray adhesive. They were weighted with books to make sure that the adhesive held;
Originally I was going to cut around them with scissors and then remembered that I am a quilter and the rotary cutter worked really well.
Originally I was going to cut around them with scissors and then remembered that I am a quilter and the rotary cutter worked really well.
Our raffle gift is called the "Monthly Mini", so I seasoned the tiles with chalk, erased it and wrote in the name.
Our raffle gift is called the "Monthly Mini", so I seasoned the tiles with chalk, erased it and wrote in the name.

Chalkboard wine glasses as place settings - These would be really cute with the coasters

Blackboard wine glasses
Blackboard wine glasses | Source

Did you know...

that I thought all kids had chalkboards closet doors. It wasn't until I went to school that I discovered only the kids on my block had chalkboards on the closet doors. Apparently our parents shared the paint.

Chalkboard paint

Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce
Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce

You can paint it on or spray it in black on almost anything. However, you can buy it in colors too.

I started with the Rustoleum Chalk Board paint. This was for a gift that I needed to have done in a week. Since you can't condition it for three days, I didn't have the time to mess with the other colors although the home improvement store did say that they could tint the Rust-oleum paint.

 

Make your own chalkboard paint

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The blog gives gives the credit for this to the Martha Stewart website. However, "A Beautiful Mess" has additional suggestion on making the paint and pictures. I appreciate the time that went into creating the information on this site so that the "trial and error" portion has already been done for me. Making your own chalkboard paint is really very simple and the choice of colors is unlimited. Just follow the link to the tutorial.

Supplies for making your own paint. There are only two ingredients.

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (8 Ounce), 20474 Petunia Purple
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (8 Ounce), 20474 Petunia Purple

Apple Barrel paints has been my favorite for years and they have so many amazing colors.

 
Economy Interior Latex Flat Wall Paint
Economy Interior Latex Flat Wall Paint

I should have realized that the base of chalkboard paint was flat wall paint. After all, children through the ages have drawn on wall with not only pens and pencils but chalk as well.

 

Chalkboard clay pots

chackboard clay pots
chackboard clay pots | Source

Those who do a lot of indoor planting or small patio planting (like me) have been known to forget what they put in the pots. It is also handy when you send the kid to get some herbs that he know which plant he needs to use. Besides, this is just a really clever idea.

Chalkboard jars

Chalkboard jars
Chalkboard jars | Source

Instructables has a complete tutorial on painting these jars. There are so many uses.

Don't forget the chalk

Prang Hygieia Chalk, 3.25 x 0.375 Inch Sticks, White, 12 Pieces (31144)
Prang Hygieia Chalk, 3.25 x 0.375 Inch Sticks, White, 12 Pieces (31144)

If you are like me, it is important to give complete gifts. With the coasters, I also added chalk. What good is a chalkboard gift if you can't use it?

 

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been seeing some great ideas for chalkboard paint on pinterest. Fun ideas.

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image

      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I love all of these ideas, but the blackboard wine glasses won me over completely. What a great idea! No more accidental switcheroos, plus they're just so unique!