This weekend I took Emma “yardsaling” with me. I was looking for used candle votives for a project and thought this was the perfect place to start looking for great deals on “used” candle holders. We went to several yard sales, she held her two-dollars close, and she scored a gently used dollhouse. The man sold it to her for a quarter. She was beyond thrilled.
I didn’t see anything I could use, but there was a box of “free” items. In it, I found a 4″x 1″ new canvas. I wasn’t going to walk away from that! I could see Emma creating a new masterpiece with that.
But, I had a different idea. I thought it was the perfect size to make a rustic chalk board. Something that could have one or two words of inspiration or use as a party sign.
I wasn’t sure the chalkboard paint would work well on the canvas, but it did. I used three coats and tested the chalk several times with different colors. In the end, all the colors showed up and I ended up with a cute sign.
Here’s how to make a simple sign with chalkboard paint:
- Gather your supplies. Chalkboard paint, canvas, tape, a tray or newspaper, and foam brush.
- Tape off your edges. Whether you use clear tape or painters tape, the texture of the canvas will let some of the paint bleed through. I counted this as a bonus, since I wanted a rustic, hand-made look.
- Set your canvas on a tray or newspaper. Use your foam brush and paint inside the taped off areas. Let the paint dry for one full hour. After it dries, apply another coat of paint.
- Allow to dry for a full 24 hours. Once it’s dry, test your chalk. If you’re not getting sharp colors, clean off, and add another coat of paint. I needed a third coat of paint to get the right density and texture.
- Once you have the desired paint level, and the canvas is dry, remove the tape. Remember to write on the chalk-painted area only, otherwise the chalk color on your canvas won’t easily come off!
This was a fast, easy project. Emma even helped with the painting. What other things have you painted using chalkboard chalk? Now that I know how fun and easy it it, I think I might go paint an entire wall!