The Chalkboard Wall

As I said in a previous post, I decided to make a chalkboard wall in the store area of my workshop house.  Actually this wall has been painted for a few months, but I needed to wait for the floor to be in before I could continue.  And the floor couldn’t go in until the walls were done (because I didn’t want to get paint splatters all over it)… so I finished the planked walls and the laminate floor and finally it was time to get to the chalkboard wall. It’s actually a wall and a bit, because I decided to turn the corner and paint the chalkboard paint to the left of the door that leads to the workshop.

This is how my wall looked after I put the freshly painted baseboards on:

Now, chalkboards need to be conditioned before they are used. If you don’t condition a chalkboard you will always see the first thing you wrote on it.  To condition you prime the chalkboard by laying chalk on it’s side and cover the whole surface:

Then you rub in the chalk with your fingers and wipe it down with a cloth:

I felt my chalkboard wall needed something else, so I made a frame for it using lumberyard 1x4s, some stain and two coats of shellac:

The corners are mitred:

And then I added a little something for fun:

So, the retail area is basically done, although I do need to make myself some type of counter to sit at, in front of the chalkboard wall.  And I need to get my creations in there!

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Recent Items Sold – Chalkboard and Sign

I just had a wonderful holiday in Prince Edward Island that I hope to blog about soon.  But since getting back a few weeks ago I have been swamped with orders.  I’m just getting around to posting some of them to show what I’ve been busy with.

At the local Farmers’ Market I had an order for a chalkboard with a personalized cottage name on the top. I make my own frames, (I showed how in this post) this way I can make any size I like, or a buyer wants.

This is what the buyer wanted after seeing samples of other things I had made, she chose the size (13 1/2″ x 19 1/2″), the paint colour (white), the style (distressed), the personalization and the font (Edwardian Script).

When the buyer and I met up again a week later (last Wednesday), she decided she wanted a chalk holder.  I used a cup handle that I had in my workshop and I’m taking the chalkboard back to the market tomorrow to give it over to the new owner.

She also ordered a sign for the front of her cottage and chose a style that matched her chalkboard:

Now I have to get busy on an etsy order for a barn board chalkboard!

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Cabinet Door Chalkboards

I found two nicely shaped cabinet doors for $2 each at a local resale place.

I removed the hinges and patched the holes for those and two holes in the middle panel that must have been used for a handle at some point.

I painted the panel with chalkboard paint.  For one of the doors I used turquoise chalk paint, the other I left white since the paint was in good condition and I was going to distress it anyway.

I added an upside-down cup shaped handle, which I spray painted black, to hold the chalk.

I distressed the doors by sanding in places, the white one more, the turquoise one I splashed some stain on to make it look old. (Someone at the Farmers’ Market, looking at my wares said that it looked like someone splashed some coffee on it, and wondered if it would come off – NO, it was meant to be that way and it has a clear coat of polycrylic over it!)

I usually make my own frames for chalkboards, but these were so cheap, I couldn’t make them for that.  Plus they have a nice shape to them.

We’ll see if they sell… $40

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Wedding Signs and Chalkboards

These signs were made by myself for a wedding that took place last summer.  I was contacted by the bride, through email, after she saw my local ad on Kijiji.

Sarah wanted original signs with a different font, more fun and curly, than regular signs I do. I work with brides to get the signs they want and I can do any font and any size, so the possibilities are endless.  I used old pallet wood that had been outside for quite a few years and had an aged grey patina. (All my signs are completely hand painted.)

She settled on this font:

Sarah wanted some directional signs because the drive was out in the country.  I thought these were a great idea that Sarah came up with:

She also needed some “Bride” and “Groom” signs and chalkboards.

The chalkboards were cut with grooves for the hardboard which you can see how I make here, but this time I went with mitred corners.  The couple’s initials were painted on the top.
Sarah ordered 3 chalkboards to use at the reception:

She also wanted a larger sign with some writing and the couple’s names and wedding date. This sign was made by edge-gluing five boards together.  (You don’t need screws, glue is actually stronger than the wood and will not come apart)

This next photo shows the whole order:

Here are the signs in use on the special day:

And here is the beautiful couple:

Thank you to Sarah for choosing me to help make her day special with personalized signs and also for providing me with extra photos.

May Ray and Sarah continue to enjoy the Happiness forever!

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Chalkboard with Painted Scroll Graphic

I just finished making this yesterday and delivered it to a local store for sale there.

The best thing about being a woodworker is making things to your own sizes, and your own shapes and ideas.  You don’t have to search for something to paint, you make your own article to paint!

I have shown before how I make my chalkboards so will just show a few photos of the process.

This board is made with 1/4″ thick hardboard, which means that the frame has to have slots that are just a touch wider than 1/4″ that the hardboard can fit into. I run my wood (pine, in this case) through the tablesaw blade to get the slot or groove.

There are four pieces, a top and bottom and two sides.  I decided not to go square or rectangular but to add a shape to the board at the top, with room for a graphic, and a bit of curviness on the sides and bottom.  I cut them with a jigsaw.

The ends of the side pieces have a built-in tenon that fits into the grooves in the top and bottom pieces.  The grooves are there for the chalkboard, so the tenon (the piece that goes into the grooves to make the “corners”), is 1/4″ wide to fit into them.  The following photo should show that better than I have just described it:

The piece is glued together and coated with shellac (I use clear shellac mixed at a 4:1 ratio with amber shellac), which gives a nice colour and finish to projects that I am going to distress.

I then “paint” a bit of Vaseline here and there all over the frame and then coat it with two coats of white paint.

Vaseline will stop the paint from covering in those spots.  It also gives a bit of a cracked look.  I wipe the vaseline off, but leave some of the cracked part there.

Then I found a graphic at The Graphics Fairy website and enlarged it to the size I felt would fit on the top portion of the chalkboard.  I transferred the design using carbon paper and then hand painted  the scroll design. I then scrubbed it lightly with some water and some sandpaper to make it look old, and sprayed it with a clear coat sealer.

My chalkboard with painted scroll graphic is 22 1/2″ tall x 13 1/2″ wide and sells for $50.

This is the same shape (except for the curves on the sides and bottom) I used for another chalkboard over a year ago, which looks much different than this one.

Hope you like them both!

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Teapot Sign and Chalkboards

While I was making my watering can shapes for signs and chalkboards I also cut out some tea pot shapes.

This teapot was cut out of plywood and then I put a coat of shellac on it.  When that dried I dabbed some vaseline here and there so that the paint wouldn’t stick in all areas.I brushed white paint all over and when that dried I wiped off the vaseline.  Then I hand painted Tea Time on the pot and glued on a little teacup graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  I even got the shape of the teapot from that great site.

For my chalkboards, I cut the shapes out of pine because it leaves a nicer surface than plywood.
This one is done the same procedure as the teapot sign above, except there is a rectangle painted in the middle with chalkboard paint.  I drilled a hole in the top to hold the stick of chalk.

For the second teapot, I painted it without putting vaseline on first, and got a smooth white coating of paint. I   added some grey accents to define the handle, lid and spot and glued on a small rose graphic, again from the Graphics Fairy
Around the “lid” area I hand painted on a small rose design.
I hope this gives some of you some ideas!

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Watering Can Chalkboards

 After making my watering can sign which I posted about previously, I thought of using the same shape for a chalkboard.

So… I cut a few out of pine and then cut a few teapot shaped ones as well. 
I put a coat of shellac over them which stops knots from showing through.
One is painted silver, although you can’t really tell in the photo below, it is a shiny metallic paint:

The other one I dabbed with vaseline (but not in the center area where the chalkboard paint would go) and then painted it white and rubbed off the vaseline after the paint dried.
I drilled a hole in the top to hold chalk and put a sawtooth hanger on the back.
15 3/4″ wide x 11 3/4″ high
I’ll show the teapots in another post here.
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