Ikea Chalkboard Project

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You know that I love Ikea, right?  It’s really hard to pick my absolute favorite part at Ikea, but the Handyman’s Corner is right there at the top of the list.

 It is where they keep all the scratch and dent type of items but they also have a big section that is full of extra doors and shelves and the ends of dressers and what not, in just about any size you can imagine.

When I was there a few weeks ago, I found this large white piece that I am guessing might have been a cabinet door?  It measures almost 24 inches by 40 inches and it is glossy white.  The only problem with it is that one corner is just a tiny bit scratched, but I had to look long and hard just to find the flaw.

Anyway, it was $7.00.  I know, right?  How could I pass it up?

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I have also really been in love with all things chalkboard lately so I decided that this would be the PERFECT surface to turn into a chalk board and the whole project could not have been any easier.  

Honestly, waiting for the chalkboard spray paint to dry was the most time consuming part of the whole process.  

To get started, I used blue painters tape to tape off all the ares where I did NOT want my chalkboard spray paint to go.  I didn’t even have to measure or use a ruler to make a straight edge for this part because I just used the center part of the panel, so all my lines were already made for me. 

IMG_4200And from there, it was time for the chalkboard paint.  I have used both brush on and spray paint before, but I decided that the spray paint would be best for this application because of how large of surface I needed to cover.  I used Krylon Chalk Board spray paint that I got at WalMart for right around $3.00 and I applied 4 coats of it, allowing each coat to dry about an hour or so in between.  The directions say to apply 2 coats, but I know from experience that 2 coats is never enough if you want to be able to erase your writing and use it again multiple times.  After the last coat, I let it dry for 24 hours before moving on. 

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Once your paint has set for at least 24 hours, you have to “season” the board before it is ready to use.  It may sound fancy or tricky, but basically it just means you rub the chalk all over the board to completely cover the surface, then wipe it back off again. 

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After that, you are done!  I told you it was simple.

 Here is my finished project that I have on the mantle above our fireplace.  It is perfect for the large space and I was able to lean it up against the stone wall, so know drilling or screws were involved.  I am so excited to be able to use this year round and when I get tired of it, I am out about $10 total.  I call that a win. 

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  • Alanna Menke Cathcart

    Love it!!!

  • http://anitadavissullivan.com/ Anita Davis Sullivan

    so cute! My closest Ikea is about 2.5 hours away and I don’t get their nearly enough.

  • http://www.jenniferkaufman.net/ Jennifer Kaufman

    I love this! Our ikea is 20 minutes away and I STILL don’t get there enough. You are brilliant though, what a great (& versatile!) project!