One of my coworkers told me about how she painted a wall in her kitchen and a wall in her bedroom with chalkboard paint. It made me want to do the same, but she lives in a house, and I live in a small apartment.
So, I improvised.
Awhile ago, we bought a dremel, and this was a good reason to play with it.
Here’s my practice-go. (It says “Hello my [name is],” if you can’t tell.)
Then, I moved on to the real wood, which was really just a big piece of scrap wood from an old piece of furniture.
I carved in a simple image.
Next, I mixed up my chalkboard paint, which was comprised of acrylic paint and unsanded grout (see tutorial here).
I painted the wood in varying shades of blue, starting with the darkest blue at the bottom, then gradually adding a little bit of white to make it lighter at each division. I did a few layers of paint to make sure it was fully covered.
After the paint was completely dry, I conditioned it by rubbing the side of chalk everywhere, then using a barely-wet sponge to wipe it away. The color of the blues all got dulled down from this, giving it a real chalkboard look.
And finally, I had the perfect place to write myself reminders and draw dinosaurs.