Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chalkboard Paint Week!: Chalkboard Mud Bench


I know...long title for a post..sorry about that! :) I thought it would be fun to do multiple post this week all dedicated to chalkboard paint and the fun things you can do with it! Its super easy, affordable, and the possibilities are endless! I'll give you a few ideas :) 

First things firsts: Chalkboard paint. I just use the ol' regular black paint. I LOVE the look! I guess I like my chalkboard projects to look like a chalkboard :) There are tons of recipes where you can make your own chalkboard paint and tint it whatever color you want. I have not tried these yet but go ahead! :) This is the paint I use :
Rust-Oleum Specialty 30-oz. Specialty Flat Chalkboard Paint 
You can find it at Home Depot for just over $9..and it last FOREVER!! I have used my ONE can for all the projects I will be showing you this week, and I still have tons left! So I would recommend getting this verse the spray cans, they don't last nearly as long and are about the same price. 

Check out my first project, a chalkboard table for kids!

Sorry this last post has taken longer, I didn't feel like posting it during Easter weekend, haha! :) But I am excited to share my super easy Mud Bench Makeover with you today to wrap up our Chalkboard Paint Week!

I love having a mud bench! But it was always so crazy and disorganized! So I thought adding some chalkboard paint to help organize it sounded fun and easy!

Before:


...This was a "clean" day! :)

I wanted to label the smaller boxed off area above the coat hooks. First, tape of the section you want to paint.


Second, Paint! :)  I needed 3 coats of paint to cover well. I used a foam brush and waited 20-30 minutes in between coats to let it get mostly dry.


After one coat of paint

..2 coats of paint..

..and 3 coats! :)

 After you have painted, IMMEDIATELY take off the tape! This makes is so much easier to remove! And you are almost done! ...Now is the hard part, waiting 1-2 days without touching it!! :)


 
Last: Now that it has really dried for a few days you are ready to condition the chalkboard

Rub chalk all over


Then wipe it off with a dry rag



You are down! Now get to writing on it! :)





Thanks so much for joining me during our chalkboard week! There are so many uses for chalkboard paint and it is so easy and affordable! After all 3 of my projects I still have more the HALF of the paint left in the can! ..makes me wonder what else I should do! hahah! Here are some more fun ideas that I love on Pinterest!

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Outdoor Chalkboard
I want to do this soo bad! ..But I don't have a fence..haha! Maybe someday! :)

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Organize your pantry and cupboards by using some chalkboard paint to help label!


Chalk board Place Mats are also on my To-Do list! :) Find some cheap plastic mats at the Dollar Store and paint away! They can be used for a formal event as place savers or just for fun and to entertain the kids!

What other projects have you done? Or whats on your To-Do List? :) 

7 comments:

  1. Um...I LOVE the mudroom bench idea! So cute! =) I need to get me some of that stuff. A fun idea me and my mom thought of last night was to do it on jars. We do salads in a jar for lunches a lot and like to have them labeled. It would be so easy. Fun stuff. =)

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  2. I love your entry way! The chalkboard paint is perfect! If you get a chance, please share this on my sunday linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for all your sweet comments! I look forward to linking up with you!!

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    2. Thanks for linking up.

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  3. Very cute! We just finished doing our laundry/mud room too... wish that I had a fabulous bench like that!! I love the little personalized chalkboards above each person's hook too. Tried to talk my husband into letting me label our hooks but apparently he thought that was going to far:) Thanks for sharing this!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  4. Loving this! Wish I had the room for it! I am, however, digging your floral purse! Would you mind sharing where it came from? Thanks! ;)

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    1. Hey Jennifer! Unfortunately I just found that purse at TJ MAX..so I am not sure how to get a hold of it now.. i know, worst answer ever! :)

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