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Chalkboard Paint+Bench...A DIY Love Story For The Ages

Chalkboard Paint+Bench...A DIY Love Story For The Ages

I finally did it.  I have been looking at this bench for a really long time and have been thinking a couple of things:

1-It has been taking up room & I don't use it

2-Wonder if I painted it someone would love it?

So, as they say, there's no time like the present and I *FINALLY* put on my craft hat and decided, hey, I can make chalk paint.  You know what?  Wasn't that difficult.

Here are the materials I used for my project:
Chalkboard Materials

-Plastic container (for mixing)

-Plaster of Paris (shop here)

-Paint (color is Intuitive Grey by Sherwin Williams in SATIN)

-120 Medium Sandpaper (shop here)

-Furniture wax (shop here)

-Craft Black Paint

-Small paint brush for tight spaces

-Large paint brush to cover the area evenly


-Old Cloth (I used an old pillow case so I could use both the inside and outside)

-Wooden Paint Stick for mixing

-3 Plastic Bags (you will most likely use 2, but it's good to have an extra one handy)

To get my bench ready for a facelift, I made sure to wipe it down to remove any dust or dirt.

Then I grabbed some black craft paint and painted areas where I thought I might want to show distress later.  (TIP: Take a photo of your piece AFTER you paint the black on so you have a visual reminder of where your distressing area options are) Here's a picture of everywhere I added black:

After the black paint dries, add a THIN layer of Vaseline to the top of these areas.  This will help with the distressing later.  I've heard both pros & cons to this method, but I found this really saved me a lot of time sanding.  (TIP: Just dip your fingertips in the Vaseline tub and layer-this is one of those times you need to get a little messy.) *Note, don't go too crazy with the Vaseline.  Think VERY THIN!

Now what?  Mix it up time!!!  

Chalkboard Paint Mixutre

For every 2 cups of paint, I added 4 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris and 2 tablespoons of water.  As you add in more paint, just lower your amounts based on the number of cups of paint you add (ie: 1 cup of paint with 2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris and 1 Tablespoon of water).  My plastic container had handy marks on the side so I knew the measurements, but eyeball it as best you can.  It doesn't have to be exact!!!  You will look at this mixture and think perhaps you mixed wrong, but just keep stirring and it will start to become a smoother texture with a little bit of thickness to it.  I think this color sort of made it look like cement in the container, but oh well, right?

DIY Chalkboard Paint Mixed Up

This is the moment of truth.  As you dip your paint brush into the container of newly mixed chalkboard paint, it will look odd.  It's a sandy consistency and that's just part of it.  Make sure not to go crazy with too much paint on the brush or you can have what I had - sounds of chalkboard paint flying off of the brush and hitting the cloth.  I'm not what you would call "delicate" in the application of paint.  It kind of sounds like really small gravel.  Weird, right?

Begin to paint a light, but even layer across the piece.  Once that first layer is on, let dry for 2-4 hours (I let mine dry overnight because I didn't have time to add the second layer) before moving to the next layer.

Once the first layer is done, it's time for the second!  Let this layer dry for at least 4 hours before adding another coat of paint if desired.  I only did 2 coats because I didn't want this to look perfect, but more vintage and distressed...but in a stylish way of course! :)

After your piece is totally dry, grab your picture of the before with the black areas painted and begin to decide which area you want to distress.  Grab your sandpaper and go over these areas.  You will notice how easily the chalkboard paint is removed due to the layer of Vaseline.

Once you have decided to distress all the areas you want, grab a duster and dust away any dirt again.  You want a clean surface for the wax.

Grab your cloth and wax and begin to apply a thin layer of the wax all over the piece.  Front, sides, back, small areas...they all need to have a layer of wax to seal in the look.  Wait about 15-20 minutes for the wax to dry and then you are D-O-N-E.

I think it turned out great.  

Sort of proud of myself for my first furniture facelift. What do you guys think?!

Until next time, as always stay stylish!