Chalkboard paint. You know, that amazing stuff that gives you a chalkboard surface on whatever you choose to put it on! That is the category choice for this month’s Project Challenge. What is more classic than a chalkboard, right?
I wanted to think outside the box … er… chalkboard … and come up with something a bit different than another chalkboard. I already have chalkboard that I made by painting over an old, thrift-shop picture and sticking it back in the frame.
I also needed to come up with an idea that used chalkboard paint AND was easy and fast to get done. Fast being very important because I totally waited till the day my photo was due to be added to the group collage to even THINK seriously about what to make.
I’m not even sure how this idea came about but I found myself combining chalkboard paint and sheet music to create some fun, easy, fast name cards. I totally did this whole project including the photos in less than an hour. And so can you – come along and I’ll show you how!
You will need:
Chalkboard paint (I’ve had this can of chalkboard paint in my stash – can you tell it’s been used before?)
Paint brush (I used an artist brush I had on hand)
Sheet Music (I have stacks of the stuff that I found at garage sales, thrift shops, etc.)
Stapler and Staples
Paint a strip of black chalkboard paint across the sheet music. I did this freehand so the edges aren’t perfect – if you want a perfectly straight line, use some delicate-hold Frog tape to mark your lines. Width of chalkboard paint stripe is however wide you want it.
Let first coat dry and paint another coat. Let 2nd coat dry and paint a 3rd coat.
When the 3rd coat of chalkboard paint is dry, season the paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over it.
I wanted the ends of my name card to be cut in a ‘v’ like a banner.
I used my favorite stapler – a European model that used tiny, brass staples and looks totally adorable on craft projects. You can buy one for yourself here.
I tucked some vintage paper flowers in with the napkin for springtime. I love how the sheet music and chalkboard paint can work year round – just detail with different elements for different occasions and seasons.
So simple. And yet it adds such an elegant and personal touch to the table.
Keep your eyes open for sheet music languishing in the thrift shop next time you are out digging for treasures!
Check out how my friends used Chalkboard paint too!