A Back to School Chalkboard is the perfect way to get organized for the new school year.
Preparing to go back to school is such an exciting time. It’s a time of picking out a new backpack, pencils with your name on it, new notebooks to be filled with new knowledge and ideas. It’s also hard to keep organized.
This Back to School Chalkboard was our solution to keep school supply needs and schedules organized.
Step One: Remove old paint
Generally One-Step Paint requires no sanding or priming, but in the case of our window, a lot of the old paint was chipping off. We took a blade and a putty knife and got to work, removing any paint on it’s way off, so the new paint wouldn’t chip off with it. We also wanted to remove paint on the glass, so the new paint would go on smooth.
Step Two: Prepare the Surface
Tape off the edge of the glass to keep paint from getting on any unwanted areas. Wipe off any dirt and grime with diluted Simple Green or Amy Howard at Home Clean Slate.
Step Three: Paint
We wanted to keep the old look of the window, so we used a dry brush technique. We lightly coated our paint brush and lightly brushed onto the frame. If you want complete coverage, just cover the brush and paint layers until you get the coverage you want. Check out this blog post to learn more about using One-Step Paint.
Step Four: Add Finishing Touches
Sand the One-Step Paint in between each coat.
Once the frame is painted to your liking, you can add your labels. We wanted to use our Back to School Chalkboard to keep track of homework and extracurricular activities, so we used the labels Work Hard, Play Hard. We used our Cricut to cut the labels.
Once you have the labels laid out, you can seal everything with a Clear or Light Wax, but this isn’t a necessary step. Chalk-based paint has a flat finish, so if you want a bit of a sheen, finish with a wax.
Step Five: Make the Chalkboard
Remove the painter’s tape to complete this next step. We wanted a standard Back to School chalkboard, so we used black One-Step Paint, but you can use any of the One-Step Paint color that appeals to you. Start with a light coat, painting as many layers as needed to completely cover the glass.
To complete this step, take a piece of white chalk and cover the black paint. Wipe off the excess chalk.
Step Six: Enjoy!
Now you’re ready to keep track of your to-do list! We love to see what our reader’s create, so if you follow this tutorial, please send us your version and we’ll add it to our Bragging Rights page!
Want to see more school-related posts to get you in the Back to School spirit? Check out these blog posts.
How to Prepare for Dorm Living– Home Again Jiggety-Jig
What to Expect During Your Child’s First Year of School– Little Sprouts Learning Garden
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