Thursday, November 17, 2011

$3 Thursday – Chalkboard fabric

One of the great things about blogging is all the wonderful ideas I find when I’m looking at other blogs.  One recent thing I became aware of is chalkboard or blackboard fabric.  Yes, chalkboard fabric, no priming, drying, painting, drying, painting, drying and painting again.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my chalkboard paint, especially spray paint but fabric you could cut and shape how you want, I had to try it.  Oh, add the fact that it is relatively cheap inexpensive – sold.  I found mine at Jo-Ann's for $5 a yard.  Use a coupon and you can have ready to use chalkboard for $2.50 a yard. 

It is a thick, vinyl material that sort of reminds me of old vinyl tablecloths.  Since it is vinyl it have a bit of a smell but I noticed that after sitting for a while it dissipates.  I bought my fabric over a month ago and don’t notice any smell now.

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The chalkboard fabric made this chalkboard a rather quick and easy transformation.

I repurposed this frame with a little bit of paint and the chalkboard fabric.

I took the picture out and sprayed the image with glue and smoothed on the fabric when the glue was tacky.

Quick and simple.

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I painted the frame with a colonial red paint with a little bit of black and shimmer paint and then I lightly distressed the frame.

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I love the pop of color the red frame gives, to a quick fall decor.

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  The frame matches my couch and brings some darker color to my living room which it needed.

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Just like chalkboard paint you need to ‘season’ this with chalk before you write on it so you don’t ‘burn’ your image into it.

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I’m loving my new chalkboard and have other projects in mind for the rest of the chalkboard fabric I have.

Supplies needed:

Frame - on hand

Chalkboard Fabric – about $2

Spray paint – on hand

Spray glue – on hand

Total cost:  $2 for chalkboard fabric, everything else I had in my stash.

 

Want to make your own?  Run, don’t walk, ok, well drive to your local fabric store and ask for chalkboard, or blackboard fabric and find a picture frame you can use for your new chalkboard.

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5 comments:

  1. I love this! What a great job! I love the chalkboard craze. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower

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  2. how would it hold up compared to spray chalk?

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  3. how would this hold up compared to spray chalk? it sounds less messy, just wondering what it is like compared to the spray on or paint on versions.

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  4. What type of spray glue did you use and how is it holding up? I love the smooth look of the fabric.

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  5. I used a 3M spray adhesive. It has held up OK. I do smooth the fabric down every once in a while. It sometimes get a `bubble` in it. I think decoupage glue might be better because the chalkboard fabric is textured on the back. If I did a similar project I'd use a thicker glue, maybe even contact cement. HTH

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