Monday, July 15, 2013

Kitchen Chalkboard Made From Clipboard


Rather than relying on your memory when it comes time to do your grocery list, wouldn't it be easier to have already written down what you need?  I like having a chalkboard in the kitchen to easily keep track of the things I run out of.  If I don't write something down when I think of it, I never remember what it was later on.







Chalkboards are so popular right now, as is "chalkboard art" with fancy writing and decorative elements.  I decided what better thing to make a chalkboard out of for the kitchen than  a clipboard?  It can be hung on the wall, is compact in size, can be decorative, and the clip works to hold coupons you might have.



To create this product, I started with a clipboard from my local office supply store.



It was very basic so I stained the back and edges to age it.    I rubbed the edges with candle wax so that the paint would sand off easily when I was done.


I also roughed up the metal clip with some sandpaper.



Then, I painted the clipboard with four coats of chalkboard paint....three was probably enough, but I wanted to make sure it had a good finish.

Using a White Paint Pen from Sharpie, I added the chalk art writing and details.  The Sharpie comes in multiple sizes from Extra Fine to wide tips and is filled with oil based paint, so the finish is durable.  I sketched out the words "Remember to buy" myself, buy you could lay it out on the computer if you are not comfortable writing it.  Since I was trying to recreate the look of chalk, I didn't try to totally coat the words....I left it looking a little more rustic...a little more like it would look like writing with real chalk.  (I picture looks like the letters are solid white, but believe me when I say they aren't!)



When the piece was finished, I sanded the edges to remove some of the paint....I wanted to the piece to look like it had been used for awhile.  I also rubbed some acrylic black paint over the metal clip to age it a little more.  (I should have done this BEFORE writing the words on, but it worked).

You also need to "season" the chalkboard before you use it.  Instructions on how to do this can be found here.



This idea could be done with any wording and used elsewhere in the house...your office, laundry room.......???



You can try this idea yourself, or if you're not "crafty," I have some available to purchase in my Etsy shop.

So what do you think....will this help you in the kitchen?



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2 comments:

  1. This would help me in the kitchen. Great idea. I constantly lose my list!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Nicole

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