Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today I’m sharing my tutorial on how I made some chalkboard pedestal frames.
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I started with a package of candle cups purchased here and some simple frames.
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The first thing I did was take apart all the frames.  Keep the parts for later.
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Using wood glue, I stacked up 2-3 candle cups to get the various heights,
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and then glued them together.
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Next I painted the frames with a creamy Heirloom White,
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and glazed them with Ralph Lauren’s smoke glaze.
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I used a sponge brush to paint on the glaze and wiped it off with a paper towel.  This leaves some glaze in the grooves of the frames for the aged look.
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I did the same painting and glazing with the candle cups.
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No picture (sorry) but I also painted and glazed the round wooden discs which became the “base” of the chalkboard holders (see first pic). I purchased my 4 inch round wooden discs from Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  Any smaller wooden shape would work just fine!

Next, I took off the easel and hardware from the back of the frames.  (Keep the thick cardboard to use when putting it back together.)
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Next, I used the cardboard (in pic above) to measure my Contact chalkboard paper, and I cut a piece of chalkboard for each frame.  (I purchased my Contact chalkboard paper here.)
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The next step is to peel off the backing and attach the chalkboard paper to the glass.  Adhering it to the glass insures a smooth writing surface.  Place the glass and the cardboard backing back into the frame and now you have these:
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I wanted my chalkboards to be double-sided, so using the wood glue I glued them back to back…
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Then I grabbed some books to weight it down while it dried. It doesn’t take long to dry … maybe 15 minutes.
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The final step is to glue all the pieces together.  I glued the candle cups to the wooden discs first, then the chalkboard frames to the candle cups.
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I used 4x6 and 3.5 x 5 frames.  Another option would be to place the frames vertical for a bit more height.  I am thrilled with how they turned out!
Want your own but don’t want to mess with making it? You can grab some from my Etsy shop!
Thanks for visiting!

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