Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday, Funday -- Chalkboard Revealed


This project was so easy, the kiddos helped me with the beginning phase. First I cleaned the window well, then taped off all the wooden areas. We used paper around the sides, taping it well to the edges. Next, I cleaned the window again, just to be sure.

Then I took it outside (it was so pretty yesterday!) and used a can of chalkboard spray-paint. *TIP* -- once you have done two coats (letting the first coat completely dry first), hold it up to the sunlight so that you can see the areas that are not completely covered. I ended up using nearly the entire can -- four coats total. (There is just enough left to do a small picture frame -- yay!) You will paint straight onto the glass. If you lay the window flat, you will reduce the risk of runs, which is always my painting downfall.

When it was dry, I brought it inside and pulled off all the tape, using tweezers to get into the nooks and corners. Now for the hard part -- you have to let it cure for 24 hours before using! OH--that part was not so fun! Make sure to use soft chalk, so you will not damage the paint. We have drawn on it all afternoon, and no scratches.

Voila! A chalkboard from a free window. Total cost: $3.24 for paint, pennies for tape that was already in my decorating stuff.

Don't forget! You, too, should join in on the fun next week for my first official Monday Funday! Just do something fun with your kiddos and share with everyone -- so we all get new ideas on projects or fun to share with our kiddos!

34 comments:

Jo said...

Love it ~ what a great idea!


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Looking forward to the next fun project!
Jo

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I love that project!!
Very cute and a good organizer too :)
Happy New Year!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Came back to say two things...is there a Monday Funday button?
And that I forgot you live in Tennessee...have we discussed that before? And where in Tn. are you?

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

I love it! It really really looks good :) Can I have one? LOL :)

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I will post a Monday Funday button next week, I promise!

Thanks for your lovely comments.

Firefly -- Hmmmmm.........maybe!!

Angela said...

That is great! I may have to try that sometime!

Kelly said...

What a perfect idea. I would have never guessed you could buy chalkboard spray paint. I've got to get some of that!

The Happy Mom said...

I love that! That is so cool and I didn't know that you could buy chalkboard spray paint either. Can you use it on other surfaces?

Can't wait to see what you're going to do with the rest of the windows!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a great project! I love it. It's even better that you did it with your kids. and a spraycan. :)
xo Lidy

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Awesome idea, Gina! And even better that you included your babies in the making of the project. I saw a pretty thing somewhere (Romantic Homes?) using old windows and mirror paint. Made a really nice background for other things like on a mantel or other place you want to have some cool vintage "layers". Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me take a peak into your world!

All the best,
Judy

The Blonde Duck said...

That's a great idea! I think it'd be great in my kitchen. Hello from a fellow SITSta!

Aimie said...

That is so lovely! I think I might try that project with my munchkins too. I love the spray paint chalkboard stuff! That is crazy good!

Glitter and Bliss said...

Love it!!! What a fabulous idea!!!

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Gina, love, love, love how it turned out.

Renee

Deb said...

What a great project to do with your kids! It turned out fantastic.
Found your blog through my daughter Kate @the french nest.

Leigh said...

Hey Gina!

You are right...great minds DO think alike! I just saw a window frame at the thrift store....I am heading back to get it now!
But before I go, thanks for stopping by my blog! I adore your blog. And am becoming a "follower".

Thanks! Hope you will drop back my place again. I love friends...new and old.

Happy New Year!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Great idea! I used mine for a message board with padding and shabby pink fabric. I sell them in my shop which you can see on an older blog post.

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

Cindy -- What a fabulous idea!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Gina, I'm so glad you are going to Blissdom too! It is gonna be so much fun to meet up with all of you. Let's definitely plan to meet in person. I'm rooming with Kimba & Jen at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam.

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

What a GREAT idea! I LOVE it! :) Now I have something new to add to my 'to do' list of fun with my Little Princess... ;) Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks for dropping by my blog and grabbing my button - I'm grabbing your button so I can add it to my blog and have a 'shortcut' to come back here every day! :)

Nessa said...

I want one! That is beyond cute!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How clever! I am inspired to find me a window now...we have a Habitat Restore that sells such things quite cheap...

Kristen Andrews said...

oooh I love this chalkboard!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You and Leigh have just convinced me that I need a chalk board.
Y'all are to clever.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Deanna!
THAT IS THEE COOLEST THING...
I'm trying to find your email address... I gotta send you a picture of something... write me back if I can't find yours...
My address is pottingshedroses@gmail.com
Lea

Gina said...

what a great idea! I love those old windows, so many possibilities! And what a treat to have a nice outside day for such a project-not many of those around here for a while!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I love it and I have an old window in my garage! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Have a wonderful new year!

Do it yourselfer said...

omgosh! love, love, love this! wish i'd known this trick befor slapping chalkboard paint on my wall. i now want it off...i didn't know you could chalkboard paint glass! i'm thrilled! your's looks fantastic!

blueviolet said...

I just don't think I could love that idea more! Now I see why you took ALL of those windows. Your brain must be full of ideas for them and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Jamie said...

That is an AWESOME idea! I'll be honest I never would have thought of that on my own! Thanks for the idea!

Sarah said...

Very crafty! I look forward to next Monday!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Great idea!!

OklahomaMomma said...

I'm a little late but am LOVING this idea! I have been planning on doing something similar, but haven't had a chance... I'm hoping to get it done this month though!

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh! I love that idea!