Crafty Weekend - Part Three

I have this wall in my kitchen that I've been wanting to find a chalkboard for. I didn't want to paint the whole wall with chalkboard paint because that seems really messy to me. I couldn't find anything in the large size (36"x24") I wanted that wasn't super expensive. And even those chalkboards came in ugly or plain frames. So my plan was to buy a frame and then buy some thin plywood and paint it with chalkboard paint. Well, while I was at Michael's searching for frames and realizing that none of them were that great, I meandered down the clearance aisle. And what did I find? Two hotel-looking large size framed canvas wall art for $10 each!

I bought them both because I thought, "Why not?!" The venice-looking scene (below) isn't exactly my style but this wall desperately needed some art so I just hung that one there for now. It actually goes really well with the previous owners curtains and paint choice so that was a happy accident. These framed canvases were actually a little smaller that I thought I wanted but actually worked perfect in both spaces. Also, the frame isn't exactly what I had in mind but it really does work with our traditional house and oak trim.

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For the other framed canvas, I used a $6 bottle of Martha Steward brand black chalkboard paint and painted three coats right on top of the canvas. You have to do one coat, allow to dry for at least an hour and then do the next coat. I used a foam brush and it went on so easy. When you finish your last coat, let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then you want to condition the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface and then wiping it off with a damp cloth. That way you don't end up with words that never really erase. 

I wasn't sure if I'd like the canvas texture for the chalkboard but it worked great! Such a fun and easy project for $16! Below is the "after."

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Anyone have any fun DIY plans for the coming weekend?