Even though I have the theme and majority of my Christmas decor done, I find myself still moving things around (almost like I always do any other time of the year). Once my handmade wreath around my dear head had wilted, the mantel was due for a change. I had this large nursery print we used for my son and daughter here. A few years back I painted the glass with black chalk paint because the prints were no longer being used. I wrote a verse on it and had in hung on our wall for a long time. As I moved things around, this chalkboard found it’s way into a corner for months, unused and unnoticed.
I picked it up and thought it was the perfect size for arranging on the mantel, but I was ready to change it up a bit. I was craving a traditional green chalkboard color and thought it would fit perfect with the tree right there.
So I ran to Michaels and grabbed my supplies!
This was such an easy and inexpensive change. I can not wait to play around with it as the seasons change as well as my taste.
Here is what you will need…
- Empty frame with glass insert.
- Sponge Applicator
- Small paint brush for corners and sides.
- Chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewarts Chalkboard paint in dark green and I LOVE it!)
Here is how simple this project is! You will…
- Prepare your surface according to your paint’s recomendations. I just wiped mine with a damp cloth and then a dry cloth.
- Apply one nice smooth and thin coat using the sponge applicator. My frame/glass was professionally framed so I could not remove the glass to paint it first. The example shown here could have the glass removed and painted, then reinserted. Whatever your preference is will work fine.
- Let dry the appropriate amount of time (according to the directions) and apply a second or third coat.
- I needed to let mine dry at least 24 hours before I could put any chalk on it.
- Once it is totally dry, you can season the board by rubbing then wiping chalk all over it.
- At this point you can either write on the board or like I did, leave it plain. I enjoyed the look just as it was.
When styling a mantel it can be as simple as layering shapes and frames as done here. I also have this lovely copper wire shelf from Axel CO. that is geometric in shape. I loved pairing it with the squares as it resembles a tree or triangle.
Simple really can be beautiful and makes a statement all on it’s own.
Thank you so much for your kind words about our home and the encouragement you leave me in your comments. This is why I love sharing here and with you. It warms my heart to know that I may encourage you just the same. I truly appreciate your support and hope the end of your week is wonderful!
Do you find the MS chalkboard paint resists “ghosting”? I’ve been using a spray on chalkboard paint, and no matter how much I “season” the chalkboard, it ghosts like crazy and I have to repaint every time I change the board. Love your site – such creative ideas and beautifully displayed!
Hi Elizabeth, I have not had trouble so far – if I stick to normal chalk sticks. But if using pens or a variety of chalk products then yes they are more difficult for me to erase on any of my chalkboards. Thanks so much for stopping by!
What a great idea Annie! Looks just perfect!
Thank you so much friend!
I love it… I have to be careful with chalkboards or I’d end up with a house full of them, they are so fun!! :o)
lol – yes Tania! I understand that too =)
Your christmas tree is beautiful – I love the color scheme and mix of textures!
Olivia thank you so much!