Chalkboard gone WILD!!!

by Hope Sewell on July 13, 2011

in crafts

Ok y’all!!  You know I LOVE all things chalkboard!!  And it just keeps getting worse!!  A little while back, a friend of mine posted about these CUTE chalkboard place mats that she’d seen on Pioneer Woman.  Pioneer Woman got them from this cute little place HERELOVE THEM!!!  But as you can see, you get 4 for $33 (not including shipping and handling). Once again, I’m just too frugal for that!!  So, I made my own!!  I made 8 of them and they cost me about $3 each and I’m rounding UP on that price!Here’s what I started with.  11 x 14 artists canvases, 81/2 x 11 pieces of black felt, and chalkboard spray paint.

I first hot glued the felt to the back of the canvas.  A spray adhesive would be FABULOUS here but hot glue was all that I had on hand.At first, I used the spray paint and HATED it.  I hated that I had to do it outside, it was too windy and I just didn’t get the coverage that I wanted.  So I switched to RustOleum chalkboard paint.  This is a brush on and it worked so much better!!  They turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!  I love the elegance that they bring (which I love black anyway).My children love them as well!!  If you don’t want to use them as place mats you could use them simply as chalkboard “slates” for school, homework, or play.While I had the chalkboard paint out…..I know I know, I’ve gone wild with it!!  But I had a cork board type bulletin board that had a pattern printed on it.  I really just was not crazy about it so I painted over it with the chalkboard paint and VIOLA!!  A fun addition to my kitchen!!

I came back later and added this push pin with the chalk attached.And do you remember the chalk contact paper that I used on my dishwasher??  It is showing up everywhere around this house!!  I love it on these cute little dishes for the bathroom!!  The mini trifle dish and ramekin were under $2 in the kitchen section at Wal-Mart.  My husband refuses to stand still these days for fear that I will paint him with chalkboard paint or stick some sticky chalkboard paper to him.  My advice to him, be afraid, be very afraid.  😉 Who knows what I’ll chalkboard next!!

Hope y’all are having a good week!!  Hugs!

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simone July 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Very cute-I love chalkboarding right now, too. New follower. Cheers


Hope Sewell July 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Many thanks and WELCOME!! 😉


Emily @ On the V Side July 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

I LOVE these! I’m visiting from Yesterday no Tuesday and just wanted to say that these turned out great! New follower :)



Hope Sewell July 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

Yay!! Thank you and welcome!!!


Coley July 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Such cute ideas!! Visiting rom Yesterday on Tuesday :)


Hope Sewell July 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Many thanks!! Thanks for stopping by!


Kimberly July 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

Those are so fun. My kids would LOVE those at the dinner table!! I really like your price a whole lot better, good job.


Hope Sewell July 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thank you so much!! My children have definitely enjoyed them!


Anna Nichols July 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I’m definitely planning on making these SOON! :)


Hope Sewell July 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Many thanks!! Go for it girl!! 😉


jess the balanced libra July 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

this is a wonderful idea! Thanks!
Stopping by from link up thursdays Delightful Order


Hope Sewell July 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Thanks so much!! Glad you stopped by!


Becky July 15, 2011 at 1:49 am

I really like this idea! I have a lot of leftover chalkboard paint and now I know just what to do with it :) Nice to meet another homeschooling mom.


Hope Sewell July 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

Thanks so much!! LOVE your blog!!


CC July 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

This would be so fun at a casual dinner party with friends! You could use them as name placecards or just something for guests to doodle on during dinner.

My dad and I loved to go to restaurants where you could doodle on the table. We would play tic-tac-toe while we waited for our food. It’s such a good memory, drawing during dinner.

Love how cheap and easy it was!


Hope Sewell July 15, 2011 at 10:41 am

ABSOLUTELY!!! We make those same restaurant memories!! I still like to doodle at the dinner table!! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!!


Dream Mom July 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

VERY cute! You did a great job. I can see this idea also being great for restaurants-it would cut down on paper placemats since they could just erase it when one family leaves.


Courtney July 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

These are darling~ what a cute idea to use chalkboard paint on placemats! Would love if you would come share this at the Friday decorating party I host at my blog! :)


Hope Sewell July 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Thanks so much!! And DONE! 😉


Jena @ Involving Color July 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hope, this is such a great idea and you did it for a great price! I still haven’t tried chalk board paint, but this is making me want to give it a shot. I’m a new follower!


Jen July 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

Love this idea! Very cute!!! Stopping by from Craftomaniac.


Hope Sewell July 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Thanks and don’t miss my give-away on the home page.


Dee July 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is such a FAB idea!!! I love it and will have to try it. My kids would love this and my husband like you is afraid of my chalkboard spray paint. He was with me when I bought some not long ago and was saying, what do you do with that?? haha
i am following you now.


Hope Sewell July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Thanks so much


Courtney July 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Hey there~ Just stopping back by to say thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you will come share again soon! :)


Ginger Snaps July 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

So cute. I love chalkboard, too. Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.



Kelly July 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

These are so cute! I am “pinning” them right now so I remember to make them. Found you on Ginger Snap Crafts. Come visit my blog sometime at:


Kelly July 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

These are adorable! Found you at Ginger Snap Crafts. Please stop by my blog sometime at:


Dee July 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

You were crowned a La-Dee-Da Diva on my blog
I love this project and had to share it with my readers!


Leigh Ann Phillips July 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

I just love chalkboard! I especially love the contact paper!


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