September 26, 2012

Project Menu Blackboard

Ok...finally!  I got this finished last night.  I got this from Pinterest, of course, as my creative soul is asleep most of the time.  I used to keep a weekly menu on the refrigerator and Bill loved it!  He liked knowing what he was eating for supper each day..why?  I have no idea but when I quit doing it or, heaven forbid, changed a day, he had a fit. So, when I saw this on Pinterest, I decided right then and there, that it was a project I was going to tackle.

I put the blackboard menu on the inside of my pantry door.  I used Valspar Chalkboard paint that I bought from Lowes.  I gave the inside of the door a good sanding to take off the glossy finish and then painted 2 coats of Kilz , a latex stain blocker and primer/sealer.  I gave each coat 24 hours to dry and then started the chalkboard paint application.  The can said 2 coats but I wanted this to last, really last, so I gave it 5 coats with 24 hour dry time between applications.  Was it over kill?  I don't think so. I wanted to use Chalk Ink and after researching the ink, it stated that it wouldn't work good on chalkboard paint because it would leave marks when it was washed off.  Bill wrote a small message to me on the board while I was gone to mom's and on first cleaning, I noticed it left a ghost image of the message.  I then got out my wonderful Awesome cleaner and cleaned it some more...ghost image gone.  I think it is because of the 5 layers of paint...maybe not, but it worked and I'm happy!   As you can see from the image, I taped off the raised edge and painted inside..gave it a nice, framed appearance when completed.

Then I cut my wording on the Silhouette.  Trust me, I learned LOTS of patience with this process....I chose to use the font At Last Greeting and its pretty delicate.  I wasted 5 inches of vinyl before I got the settings right to cut it out.  I was following the information in the software and it was cutting the vinyl but tearing the letters at the same time.  I then lowered my blade to 1, my speed to 2 and my thickness to 9.  Then my patience really had to kick was a B to separate from the backing.  My font size for the days of the week was only 72, that made for some very tiny pieces.  It took me almost 2 hours to go from cut to placement and I came close to throwing in the towel many, many times.  But, it sure looks nice now, don't you think?  Even through I didn't get my spacing good....I was frustrated with the lettering and didn't adjust for spacing very well.  I should have marked it all off but this will work for now...someday, I can always do it again.  I figure my pieces are so tiny that with weekly cleaning of the board, the vinyl will start to come off and need to be replaced anyway.  I'll adjust the spacing

My next project is to have some sheet metal cut to fit the other door...I know they make magnet paint but I want it to hold better then the paint does.  So...I'm going to have a piece cut and then paint it with chalkboard paint too.  That way, I can write on it or hang my grocery list with the magnets. 
I am having a BLAST! 
Pin It!


  1. I can tell you are having a blast. This is a fantastic project. Love it...would I ever do I love it.
    I have been wanting a blackboard for awhile but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
    One thing about blackboards that I found here was that they need seasoned before you write on them or your first image will be there forever.
    I need to get in gear and get some of my projects done.

    Nice work!!

  2. Will my link didn't work so just do a search on how to season a blackboard and you'll find it.

  3. Thanks! I can see me using it a lot and if I get tired of the menu, I can always pull the vinyl off and use it for something else. I don't know if you need to or if it would do any good to season the board for the chalk ink...all I've found so far was if you use regular chalk. I'll do some more research!
    I just finished up cleaning out the rid of a ton of stuff that I've just grown tired of. Bill thinks we could be worth a fortune if I hadn't bought so much over the years and he is probably right. But then, what good is living if you don't see any changes from time to time...LOL

  4. I don't know anything about chalk ink....never even heard of it before so maybe not. I love the look of plain chalk so what does the chalk ink look like?

  5. Just like writing with erasable pens on a white board. Only its white (you can also get it in colors)and you write on a black board. I'll post a shot after I get my menu wrote up on it.



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...