Which reader looked at the four doors yesterday and thought, "Why didn't she make chalkboards?"
Well, I did!
I took a chisel and a hammer to the two damaged doors to take out the panels in each frame.
One door on the operating table ready to be dissected.
Dissection is successful on the first door.
The other door was up next and all four panels were ready to be repurposed.
A sanding and cleaning for each.
A quick mixture of my homemade chalk paint - Ballerina Slipper Pink.
Two coats on the front side.
One coat on the back side.
All quickly dried.
Next I sanded each for distressing.
What? You thought I would leave that step out?
Remember these doors were oak which means a heavy grain.
So I finished with a coarse paper towel to make the finish as smooth as possible.
Applied two coats of satin varnish to the front.
Chose a nest image from The Graphics Fairy.
Used the waxed paper method.
Thanks for the idea, Audrey!
It took about fifteen minutes to complete all four transfers.
It is a easy way to transfer images unless you are a perfectionist.
I sealed each nest with two light coats of a spray satin varnish after they had cured for about 24 hours.
I found a frame the size of the chalkboard and traced it lightly in pencil.
I did not tape the edges.
I am rather proud of my ability to paint in a straight line.
The trick is in the brush and how you hold it.
After two coats of the commercial blackboard paint, I conditioned each with chalk.
They are now ready to go forth into the world.
No one will ever know they were once plain cabinet doors.
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