For this project and we came up with five creative and unexpected ways to use ever-popular chalkboard paint for entertaining your guests!
We used craft wood from Michael’s; it is perfect for projects on a budget, but unfortunately its lackluster appearance mimicks the price… so we turned to wood stain by Minwax in an effort to revamp its look and we think it turned out beautiful!
To complete this project you’ll need:
- Craft Wood
- Wood Stain
- Paintbrush/Stain Brush
- Chalkboard Paint (there are tons of DIY recipes for chalkboard paint, but in the essence of time we turned to Martha Stewart)
- Tea Candle (when working with bevelled edges, running a tea candle over the peaks yields a beautifully aged look)
Stain your wood and once you have finished, allow it plenty of time to dry (or you can do it our way; we gave it less than an hour then kept going and it still looked great!).
Once your stain is set (at the very least, it needs to no longer be sticky) go ahead and lather on several coats of chalkboard paint wherever you feel it is best suited! We recommend this as an outdoor project. Stain stains so you probably want to keep it away from your carpets, tables and clothes. Lillyan is a rather messy crafter, feel free to model your wardrobe after hers if you share that quality!
Our resulting products were:
- What was intended to be a wall plaque we turned into a cheese tray. Stain it, paint the bottom, and label the cheeses you lay out for your guests. Don’t forget the crackers!
- Elegant napkin rings. Stain then paint the center stripe to use as place settings. (These napkin rings only cost $.74!!!)
Don’t forget to check out Lillyan’s blog, Live, Laugh and Learn with Lillyan.