Do you remember two posts ago, I mentioned I had enrolled to a framing course? Fine, I have started today, and let me tell you if I had ever considered framing as a business I was probably going through an extreme moment of despair. It is not as simple as I thought. All the equipment I will have to buy plus the space that it will take, all this make my framing project sort of a temporary dream, that will likely fade away. Nevertheless I find the course extremely interesting and challenging. The challenge is actually trying to or pretending to understand all the technical words in Danish. It was so technical, if it hadn’t been for the practical part of the teaching I wouldn’t have gotten far. To my surprise, during the break, a couple of classmates were congratulating me on my Danish level. This always surprises me! Thanks any way I really appreciate it.
So today I want to show you guys that things don’t always need to be sooo elaborate or complicated. And for those of you who like to add a personal touch to your home decor, here is a must have. A small blackboard. It is almost like facebooking your house. You can use it to write some welcoming words for your guests, today’s menu, something nice to your partner, a nice thought, or just to use it as most people would do, a notice board!!
A while ago I bought this old painting, the frame and glass were in excellent conditons. It cost nothing – perfect to do a little experiment.
I applied three coats of blackboard paint on the glass, the drying takes ages, this paint is very oily and smelly. Do this in a well ventilated area. If I was you I would use a more friendly version of blackboard paint, yes! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite. The only reason I didn’t use Graphite for this project, was because I didn’t know I could, I learned that later.
Before you start painting the frame, it is important to protect the blackboard part with tape. Apply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the colour of your choice on the frame, I started with a mix of Provence and Cream, then I changed my mind and went for Louise Blue mixed with Old White. That’s another wonder of this paint, it allows you to change your mind. I used two light coats to achieve a smooth finish. Let it dry and then sand it just a little. Wax with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and buff. The result, a whole new framed blackboard, and I didn’t have to start from scratch! Perfect!
Find the prefect place for it and surprise you husband and kids with some lovely words!
Work hard and laugh harder!!!