Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chalk One Up


I love chalk. I like the way it feels in my hands and I really like colored chalk. So when I saw chalk spray paint in Michael’s a week or so ago, I knew that I had to give it a try.

The chalkboard spray paint turns almost any surface into a chalkboard. Today I’m going to share my first of what will probably be many adventures with chalkboard paint.

Label wine glasses with chalk for your next party instead of using wine markers.  I purchased some inexpensive wine glasses from TJ Maxx. This was a splurge at $7.99, but the 4 glasses came in a box. The box protects the glasses and makes a better presentation for gift giving.

Since I only wanted to paint the base of the glass, I taped blue masking tape around the stem of the wine glass.


Make sure the surface to be painted is dry and clean. Then, carefully spray two coats of the chalkboard spray paint on the glass. I allowed about 20 minutes between the coats of paint.


The paint should dry overnight. Before using the surface for the first time, you’ll need to cure the chalkboard. Take plain white chalk and rub the side all over the entire chalkboard surface. Then clean with water, dry, and personalize as you wish.

Tips:
- Wash these chalk board creations by hand.
- Spray a light coat of chalk board paint. It’s better to use 2 light coats of paint than to have a heavy coat.
- Lightly sand smooth surfaces before painting if desired.
- Chalk board paint is also available in green.
- Chalk markers work better than hand held pieces of chalk, particularly when writing on a small surface.

The possibilities with chalk board paint or endless.  My current projects include something sweet for a baby shower and some storage bins for my classroom. 

Where would you use the chalkboard paint?

xoxo






pictures curated on pinterest

9 comments:

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

what a cute idea, i'm sure these gifts will be well-loved :)

Preppy Buckeye said...

This is such a cute idea!

Debbie H said...

This is TERRIFIC! If you can find a box that suits your needs, IKEA has REALLY inexpensive wine glasses. We keep a set for our larger parties (where the Riedel might be in peril!).

Congrats on the new header - when i came yesterday, I was incredibly excited for you to have the makeover!

Lexilooo said...

What a clever idea, I love it! I need to try this.

I want to make a chalkboard in my kitchen, so I can list out weekly menus and be a better meal planner! Also, I'd like a bit of a chalkboard in my sewing room, I think!

JMW said...

Great idea! A friend of mine gave me a housewarming gift last year that was a candle with a chalk exterior base. I always write little messages on it. Fun!

tricia s. said...

This is just amazing - how fun. Thanks for sharing !!!

Frederick said...

Love this!!

Could you tell me where you got your supplies?? I haven't even heard of a chalk marker.

Alleigh said...

This is a fabulous idea, and would be great not just for writing names on the glass so that it doesn't get mixed up with someone else's glass, but also for writing down the type of wine during a wine tasting. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Marro said...

I love this! I featured it in my blog today: http://creatingthehive.com/blog-post/183257/diy-chalkboard-paint-recipe-and-some-fun

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