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":


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

  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

  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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