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!