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Last week I mentioned how hard it was for me to manage my time while working from home mostly because I had the pressure of designing and styling a wedding for the first time. And not any wedding, a beautiful young couple’s wedding, a couple that is very close to my heart.
It was a challenging job but rewarding to say the least, and it just confirmed Benjamin Franklin’s words:[bctt tweet=”You can do anything you set your mind to. Benjamin Franklin”]
I honestly didn’t know where to start, but sometimes you just have to start somewhere and everything will start falling into place.
And that is what happened with this rustic chic chalkboard art.
Not bad, uh? considering it was my first time handwriting and doodling with chalk.
And I didn’t just make 1 chalkboard, I made 4. I also made a chalkboard sign with the food menu and one with the bar menu. Yes, talk about a challenge.
Finding ornate vintage frames for these chalkboards was not easy. We searched high and low, mostly at antique and consignment shops and thrift stores for them, but it was hard to come by 4 ornate frames with the dimensions we needed at a reasonable price.
So I took on – yet – another challenge and decided to handcraft them myself. When it comes to woodworking, my husband – who also happens to be the father of the bride 😉 – works wonders. So, off to Home Depot we went. We picked two types of chair rail molding: solid pine and polyurethane. We loved the ornamental look of both and the width of the pieces was exactly what we were looking for.
With a miter saw, we cut to size 4 pieces of each molding and attached them together to make each frame.
Depending on the size you want your frame to be, you will use more or less molding. The average molding piece measures 86 in L. When cutting in a 45 degree angle, you waste an average of 3 inches of molding per cut, so keep that in mind too when calculating quantities.
It is important to know that before applying any dark wax, 1 or 2 coats of Clear Creme Wax are necessary in order to seal the chalk paint and be able to wipe off the dark wax easily without it sipping through the paint. The finish with just clear crème wax is beautiful and clean with a nice even sheen. I also read recently that you could buff the clear wax for a beautiful glossy shine. But, if you are looking for a distressed, old world and shabby chic look, the dark wax can help you achieve that.
For a full tutorial on how to DIY a beautiful vintage framed chalkboard, check out my article Budget Wedding DIY: Vintage Chalkboard Frames on ehow. And if you want a very thorough tutorial on how to apply the Americana Chalky Finish Paint, make sure to check out this post from fellow blogger Amy from Home Remedies. She also makes a great comparison of this paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Do you have a question for me? I am here to help!
Have you ever used chalk paint? If so, leave me a comment and link back to your project. I would love to see!
Thanks for reading!