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Frame for the chalkboard
Making a chalkboard serving tray
FOR THE FRAME
- After removing the mirrors from the frames, I sanded the wood and painted each frame with two similar shades of silver acrylic craft paint, applying them at the same time to achieve the metal look I wanted.
- When the paint dried, I painted on a water-based satin varnish to seal. (I had Liquitex on hand) Then allowed it to dry.
- I then brushed on black acrylic paint and rubbed off with a rag until I had a brushed metal look.
- I finished with a couple more coats of the satin varnish.
FOR THE CHALKBOARD AND SERVING TRAY BOTTOM
- I applied a coat of primer to the back of the mirrors and waited for it to dry.
- Using a sponge roller, I gave the mirror back three coats of chalkboard paint waiting for each coat to dry before re-applying.
- John attached handles to the sides of the smaller frame to create the serving tray.
- The painted mirror/chalkboard was then attached to the frame and reinforced with additional tacks to ensure it will hold the weight of whatever Jill might set on it.
- I finished by covering the back with brown paper using double-sided tape. The larger chalkboard was finished in the same manner but without the handles. A saw-tooth hanger was nailed to the back.
I am liking this chalkboard right here in my foyer and think I just might make one for me.
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