PAINTING A CHALKBOARD

Don’t you love chalkboards? Being a former teacher, I sure do! So, when I found this mirror-turned-chalkboard I was thrilled! It’s big and bulky and very heavy and perfect in every way… but it was the wrong color! 
So I painted it…

Here is the before… it really is a luscious color… but not right for StoneGable.
And here’s the chalkboard with it’s new color…
Much better with my decor. The chalkboard is hung right where my family room and breakfast room area meet. Really the whole area is one big space.
The chalkboard was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk in Pure White. I prefer the pure white over the old white in my home. 
It was given a light antiquing to bring out the pretty detail. I did not sand off any paint. This is not a “chippy” piece.
Let me know if you are interested in learning an easy way to use the Annie Sloan Dark Wax to achieve a very light antiquing. 
I learned a very valuable lesson while I was painting this piece…. I taped off the chalkboard so I could paint the frame around it and when I removed the paint much of the chalkboard paint came off with it.
What a mess. 
I had to sand the lifted areas and repaint them with chalkboard paint… again.
I’m looking forward to writing menus… love notes… seasonal quotes and all kinds of “fun stuff”!
Now I just have to wait for the chalk inks I ordered!
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  1. says

    That turned out gorgeous! The frame on that is just beautiful. Pure white is always my favorite. :)

    I want to warn you that I’ve seen many people report that the chalk inks don’t wipe away from homemade chalkboards. I have a chalkboard on my desk that was purchased and the inks don’t come off of it very well. They leave a ghost letter on the board no matter what I do.

    • says

      I am not familiar with chalk ink, but after painting ( years ago) my chalkboard at school, I had to prep it for chalk. After the new coat of paint had time to dry, I took a piece of chalk and using it on its side, I rubbed a coat of chalk over the entire surface. Then, I erased. If you didn’t cover the board like that, you would have ghost letters. I don’t know if you need to prime the home made boards, too. I would think it might help. Just a thought .

    • says

      Oh Marsha, I taught first grade for 25 years and yes, that was exactly what we did before using the chalkboards! Season them! Thanks for reminding me. When I retired last year, teachers mostly were using white boards and markers. But I still kept using those marvelous chalkboards. I sincerely believe there is something that happens when the chalk dragged along the slate that made writing on them magic. I can’t wait to try that on my own kitchen chalkboard that I found today! Once a teacher….

    • says

      Opps! Hit the wrong button. I don’t know if this would work with Chalk Ink paints, but ….

      One more thing about seasoning a chalkboard. I found that when I used the chalk on it’s side to season the board, it sometimes would leave streaks that I couldn’t get out. So I took a potato peeler and shaved the chalk dust onto the chalkboard and rubbed it in with my fingers. It avoided the streaking marks and the natural moisture from my hands seemed to do a better job of rubbing it in than the eraser did. Just tried it on my new board and it worked like a charm. Yay! I have lots of pastel chalks so I need to wait to try the Chalk Inks. They sound like lots of fun!

  2. says

    i’ve also heard the chalk ink pens don’t erase very well so you might want to check that out…your chalkboard turned out so pretty…i know you’ll have a lot of fun using it.

  3. says

    Love your new chalkboard. I retired at the end of last school year having white boards in our new building, but had used chalk boards the previous thirty-six years. I have no wall space for a chalk board in my kitchen, but last fall, someone had posted these wonderful removable white board materials that I purchased. My grandchildren print spelling words, write math facts, draw pictures, and leave messages for my viewing. I gave them each a white board for their bedrm. wall (with my daughter’s permission) along with a box of white board markers and erasers.
    Love your blog and all your beautiful pictures.

  4. says

    It looks marvelous! A perfect color (black and white, our favorite!) for that corner of the room and it certainly brings all the other elements together. Love it!

    I would LOVE to hear more about the dark wax antiquing. Thanks so much for sharing! Gloria

  5. says

    I love it. I have be trying to decided which I prefer, old white or pure white paint.. I thin kI like the pure white better too. I would like to see your tutorial for light application with the dark wax. I have a perfect Ethan Allen frame that has been waiting for me to convert to a chalkboard. I was thinking of turning the mirror around and painting the chalk on the back, as to not have to buy a new piece of board to paint, and also having the option to use the mirror again. do you think that would work?

  6. says

    Yvonne, did you have to do anything to prep the mirror before you painted the chalkboard? Also, do you know if I could paint over clear glass for chalk board? Thanks, Danielle

  7. Anonymous says

    Yvonne: What a gorgeous job you did on the chalkboard.
    Love the darker spots that you used the wax on.

    I hope you and your family enjoy the chalkboard.

    Denise

  8. says

    I had a chalkboard painted on my laundry room door and I, too, had the ghost “thing” happen until I read up on chalkboards. You have to “season” your board first by taking chalk holding it flat and rubbing all over the board. . .make it solid white. Then erase it with an eraser. Don’t ever use water to erase the board. Google “season chalk board” and you will find out more.

  9. says

    Looks so lovely. What the perfect spot you have! May I ask what chalk inks are? I ordered some liquid chalk pens, but then I heard they were not easy to remove from “painted” chalkboards… so I have not had the courage to try them!

    • says

      I think they are the same things. I also heard that chalkboard ink/pens are hard to remove from home painted chalkboards, but I also bought the correct remover. I’ll give it a try in a tiny spot and see.

  10. says

    What a gorgeous find and transformation. I have my own frame in the garage waiting for a chalkboard transformation.

    And I’ve been there/done that with painter’s tape and chalkboard paint. Frustrating, isn’t it?

  11. says

    I found a mirror frame, just about the same size and look of yours. The problem with mine is it is slightly warped. Do you know how I would go about flattening it out so I could make it into a chalk board. You seem to have such a wide variety of talent that I just knew you would know. :) I would also love to know about the Annie Sloan dark wax antiquing method. I have so many questions for you, but one at a time.

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