Saturday, April 14, 2012

Framed Blackboards Finished

Yesterday I showed how I made the frames (see tutorial here) for my blackboards and today I'll show how I finished them.

The first one I decided to stain with my rusty mixture.  I put a piece of steel wool in a jar and then  pour vinegar over it and let it sit at least overnight, sometimes longer.  Then I use it with an old brush, as a stain,which gives an orangey/brown colour to the wood.



This is just the base coat for this blackboard, as I am going to paint it white and distress it so that some of the stain colour shows through.



Once that is dried I use vaseline here and there on the frame. Wherever the vaseline is, the top coat will not stick.


Here's a close up of the vaseline dabbed on:

Then I topcoat with white craft paint:



Once that is dried, I wipe off the vaseline with a paper towel.  You get a peeling look as if the paint was old and chipped off:



Here's the finished product:


This blackboard is 10" x 10" and 3/4" thick, the chalk area is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2":



A second board I made doesn't have the white topcoat, but has a hand painted top piece.
It is 8 1/4" wide x 9 1/4" tall and the chalk area is 6 1/4" x 6 1/4":


5 comments:

  1. Cute--perfect for little notes--thanks for sharing!

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  2. Julie... your "scraps" look fabulous! :) I've heard about the vaseline technique, but I haven't tried it yet.

    thanks for sharing at catch as catch can
    gail

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  3. Thanks for the vaseline tip!
    Thanks too for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to flying over to ID in the early Summer - will be so exciting!

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