Here's a paint project I should have done years ago.
This sign was from a garage sale ages ago. I never knew what to do with it, so I left it as it was. The frame was dark brown wood and not very attractive with the dark lettering.
I always planned to make a chalkboard with it, but honestly, I have about 33 frames, hidden in various closets and stashes, that I always planned to make into chalkboards too, so I needed a little more imagination here.
I'm trying to follow my grandma's saying: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" Because of that, I decided one could (possibly) have too many chalkboards!
As you can see, the sign stayed in the frame and the frame got a couple coats of Amy Howard's One-Step Paint in Ballet White. It was leftover paint, in a mason jar from another project, so that was actually TWO "use it up's" in one project.
I didn't want to muddy up the white frame by using dark wax to age it -- like I did on my recent "over do" disaster on the poor Reindeer sign Here -- so I simply waited for the paint to dry a little...maybe 30 minutes.
Next I took this sanding block with rough edges, a spray bottle of water, and a rag and scraped on the edges to take off some of the paint. Spraying the fresh chalk paint with a little water before sanding it really helps remove the paint.
There are two reasons why this just might be my new favorite way of aging a white-painted project;
1. It was so easy to do and didn't look like I'd left mud all over it.
2. Wild Bill had just aggravated me before I started with the sanding block so I was able to take my aggression out on the frame.
The frame turned out to be so smooth and soft. I plan to use that combo again on some furniture that turned out a little rough a while back.
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