Hello lovelies! We hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of a fabulous summer!
My friend Erin from Two Story Cottage is back today with a wonderful project to share with all of you, so without further ado… take it away Erin!
I’ve been wrapped up in a pre-summer purge that has gotten me very acquainted with Craig and his mighty List. Any friends of Craig here? Yeah, I thought you might know him. Much like Ashley and Jamin, I’ve been feeling the need to shed the schtuff. Pronto. Yesterday, if possible. Things that were fine for almost two years are now burning my eyeballs.
Speaking of eyes, this eyesore of a coffee table was about to be a goner. It doesn’t fit anywhere and has a giant stain that I made much worse with attempts to remove it. It turns out the table isn’t real wood- oops. Just another reason to pass it on, when mother of pearl, I had an epiphany. I’m mid-project on an outdoor space (that formerly resembled a Little Tikes warehouse) and hurting for furniture. Why not paint the top with chalkboard paint and put it on our screened porch? It makes sense in retrospect but it took two years for my lightbulb moment.
Chalkboard paint is all the rage and while trendy, it doesn’t seem to be fading out anytime soon. It is certainly easy and I’m all about zero-prep. I have used chalkboard paint on a couple of mirrors but this was my first furniture project. I ease into things so Ashley’s chalkboard refrigerator equates to cliff -jumping in my book. I say that with nothing but awe and admiration. I’ll start with the diving board and work my way up to her level.
The trick to this paint is a vigorous stirring. You want all of those particles evenly distributed, Hunger Games style.
Roll on the first coat and try to go with the grain. Or fake grain in my case. It will look terrible and you will want to cry. You will question yourself and your abilities. You will be certain this was a giant mistake. Let it dry for 30+ minutes while you bite your lip and twirl your hair.
The minute that second coat rolls on you can breathe a sigh of relief. It goes on smoothly and the coverage is MUCH better. In fact, I really only needed a third because I didn’t get the edges totally done on the second.
Three times was the charm for me but if you are a careful painter it might only take two. I love the matte finish and the color! You can tint chalkboard paint but I’m a big fan of the natural finish.
The coffee table blends right in and helps finish the space. Now I just need a couple of chairs. Those flowers are the backyard variety. A metal bucket holds chalk.
I had to go for the full view! The settee is from an out-of-business retailer and I got my very first gray hair last summer trying to track down my piece which was in a warehouse waiting to be shipped. It may or may not have taken six months.
Yes, you CAN draw on the table. Whoa, before you bust out the sidewalk chalk you need to season the chalkboard. This is a very important step as it makes it more erasable. Don’t ask me why that works, but I speak the truth.
Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the piece until it looks like the above photo. I actually kind of dig the look but you can erase it all with a wet rag. I prefer a washcloth to a paper towel because it cleans up nicely.
Are you sure it is okay to draw on the table, Mom? This is where I admit that I like outdoor chalkboard activities for the sake of the dust. I don’t have to worry about keeping it as clean as I would inside.
Lacey was all about drawing on the table. It is clearly much more fun than the sidewalk.
So fun that I had to try my hat at coffee table drawing! And no, the flag is not accurate but it was fun for Memorial Day. I’ll try for the 13 stripe version on the 4th of July.
Any chalkboard paint lovers (or haters) in the house?