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CHEAPO CHALKBOARDS

This was my first experience using chalkboard paint and I have to tell you… I completely understand why other DIYers have started painting everything with chalkboard paint. It covers so easily and is such an inspiring finish. I thought it would be fun to have a few chalkboards in our kitchen, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.  So, I looked around our house to see what I could find to paint.  I came up with this ceramic metal-looking candle tray

one lone shabby chic plate charger

and this ugly decoration that my mom found at a yard sale (She knew it was ugly when she bought it.  She recognized it had pretty lines and knew that we could make something with it).

I lightly sanded them with a fine grit sanding paper and then just brushed on the chalkboard paint.  Once it dried, I hung them on our kitchen wall… and presto… a message center!

And now, of course, I’m looking around the house with new eyes… What else could I paint with this stuff???

*Edited on March 20, 2012*

Right now we’re using the chalkboards for scripture memory.  Here’s what we’re currently working on:

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