I have been wanting to make a chalkboard for our Ellinée photo studio for a while now. It was the idea to share my process with you that finally made it happen this last weekend!
First, I want to tell you about the paint I used. Annie Sloan is an artist from Oxford, England who started a painted furniture revolution. Her paint is called Chalk Paint (different than chalk board paint), and it is very eco-friendly, easy to work with and a fast way to create a vintage look to almost anything. She has a list of American, Canadian and European retailers on her site. I purchased my paint at the Purple Pear here in Portland. I have painted 7 pieces of furniture in the last few months and am completely sold on this paint! Because it is chalk, once it dries, you finish the surface by rubbing in a soft wax. The dark wax gives an aged look to the light and mid-tone paint colors and the clear wax seals the surface. Although I used a chalkboard paint (*finishing up leftovers) for the center, you can use the Graphite Annie Sloan paint without the wax finish for a chalkboard surface.
I made my chalk board from an old cabinet door ($2) I found at Portland’s ReBuilding Center. You can get creative and use almost anything with a flat surface. I used Annie Sloan Paris Grey for the frame. Here is the tutorial of my version:
Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.