See, she just moved out on her own, so who couldn't use a little Jane Austen advice on life?!
I also thought I wanted to make her a chalkboard (there, I finally got around to my point!) for her new place. Who doesn't need a chalkboard. They have cute ones out there on sale, but I was on a budget for this Christmas gift so I had to work magic to stay within that budget.
I searched the thrift store and came across this old calendar box for $3.99!
Have you ever had one of these calendar boxes in your house? Or do you still??
I picked out a pretty blue acrylic paint that I already had on hand, and coated the entire board except in the middle where I was going to put the chalkboard paint.
Next I found this recipe to make chalkboard paint on pinterest:
I cup of acrylic paint + 2 Tbsp grout.
I cut this recipe in half for my project and had lots!
Did you know that you can buy chalkboard paint in the store. $8 for a tiny can, or you can make it with a few supplies on hand!
After painting the chalkboard paint on I waited for it to dry, and rubbed chalk all over it to break it in.
Here it is:
I did my best at making fancy chalk letters. Not as easy as others make it look!
Does this quote make anyone else smile?!
I think it is such a funny line especially the way Tom Hollander says it!
What a cheap project to make:
Calendar Board: $3.99 (thrift store)
Acrylic Paint: Free (on hand small craft paint tube)
Grout: Free (on hand)
TOTAL = $3.99
So, will chalkboards go out of style soon? It seems like they are everywhere!
And yet, I still don't have one in my house...