Hello, hello! Welcome to today’s post.
I’ve been itching for a project lately. I needed a quick DIY to do. I’ve had this plain chalkboard for a while, and I really wanted to spruce it up. One trip to the craft store and a few hours later, I had this beautiful chalkboard that you can see above.
Don’t have a chalkboard? No problemo. This DIY is perfect for a mason jar, a vase, a candle holder–whatever you want. However, a great place to find a chalkboard is a craft store or a garage sale.
Once you have an object of your choice, we can get started!
If I’m being 100% honest, you could probably buy fancy gold tape and put it on the edge of your chalkboard. But what’s the fun in that?! It’s way more fun to paint it.
You will need:
- A foam paintbrush
- Metallic paint
- A ruler, a pencil, and scissors
This is a really inexpensive DIY! I bought the supplies at Joann’s, and the total was $4. I feel like if you overpay for a DIY, it takes away some of the fun. What makes this DIY so special is you can spruce up something for the cost of two coffees.
If you don’t want a gold line, no worries! Use whatever colored paint you have. Whatever floats your boat.
I began by taking a pencil and a ruler and making little marks around the perimeter of the chalkboard. Don’t be afraid to press down, because we’re going to paint over it. I made my gold line 1/4 of an inch wide.
If you aren’t using a chalkboard, do this step anyway! If you’re going to be putting a gold line on something with glass, you might need a marker, because pencil lines won’t show up.
Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty! This is always the fun step, am I right?! If you have painter’s tape, you can use that so your line with be crisp. I didn’t have any, so I used my ruler.
Dip your foam brush into the paint and dab some off, and paint the line! Again, it’s important that you have a straight edge so your line will be crisp. This looks really easy–after all, it’s just a line…wrong! This step was really time consuming for me, because I wanted the line to be perfect.
You may need to do a few coats depending on your paint. The paint I used needed two coats. I did mess up in a few places, but it doesn’t matter, because small flaws won’t show from far away, and the chalkboard is going to hang on my bedroom wall.
While the paint dried on the chalkboard, I grabbed a vase and some tape and decided to get creative. I made two crisp lines with the tape, and painted black & gold between the tape.
It took the same amount of time as the chalkboard, even though it was a small vase! The gold paint needed four coats, because it was barely showing on the glass.
And voila! It turned out a bit odd in some spots, but that doesn’t matter, because it looks pretty awesome.
Would you look at that?! A fresh and new chalkboard and vase.
Here’s the before…
A boring, plain chalkboard. The after is pretty awesome, though.
I still have some paint left, so I think I’ll try this on a mason jar or two! What do you think? Do you like it? If you decide to try this out, let me know how it goes! Have a great day, and thank you for reading.