Chalk it up!

Here is the gallery wall/hall as we last left it.

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As I mentioned, I had two large frames with broken glass.  It seemed like such a waste to toss them out. For one of them,  I thought it might be fun to try and make a chalkboard to break things up a bit in the hallway.

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I just picked up a roll of chalkboard vinyl from Hobby Lobby.  I have always wanted to try the stuff.

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When I took apart my frame, I noticed that the backing was really rough and not ideal for sticking on vinyl. I’m a pretty impatient person and I didn’t want to wait another day before cutting a new piece of smoother wood or cardboard to adhere the vinyl. I figured I would just go for it an see what happened. The vinyl said that it could be moved later anyway. I traced out the size I wanted on the back. There were grids which made it easier for me to line up and cut straight.

Next,  I just pulled the backing off and laid the vinyl on the wood as smoothy as I was able. I used a credit card to help smooth out any bumps or ridges.  Then I stacked a few books on top and let it sit for a few episodes of “It’s Always Sunny”. Then, I reassembled the frame. It was such a pain to put back together! If I remember correctly, I broke the frame in the first pace trying to remove this backing. I think it is just a smidge too large. After some wrestling, I was able to get the thing put back together.

I remember reading that you should always cure a chalkboard before using it. I’m not sure if this is the same for vinyl but I figured, better safe than sorry! I put an even coating of chalk on the vinyl and then wiped it off.

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Bam! Chalkboard! I’m really happy with how it turned out. This whole project took me maybe 15 minutes (plus a few episodes of our show) and most of that was trying to get the back put on!

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I will be back tomorrow to show you how I turned the other broken frame into a cork board.

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