I am back today with a broken foot 🙁 and a tutorial on how to turn a cork board into a chalkboard using milk paint. 🙂For the past few weeks, I have been on the hunt for a vintage chalkboard to decorate our fall mantel. Unfortunately, I came up empty handed. Let me start by saying that I have a love affair with vintage chalkboards. My grandmother was a school teacher in the 1940’s in Val D’Or, a city located in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue in the province of Québec. I recall stories my grandmother told me about how she had to walk a mile in deep snow every morning to stoke up the fire before her students arrived. I remember her saying that when she got to the schoolhouse early in the morning, the desks had a layer of frost on them. I also recall the amazing photos she shared with me. I was so taken by the beautiful chalkboards wearing impeccable writing. Every time I see vintage chalkboards, I think of her and of everything she taught me.
A photo of my grandmother standing in the back of her classroom. Both my grandparents, Gérard and Annette Bélanger.Part of living a farmhouse lifestyle is about using and repurposing items you already have in your home. This vintage cork board has been lying around my house for a few months. I found it at an estate sale for $1.00 and I thought it would make a nice chalkboard. I was getting ready to purchase chalk paint when I recalled a post from Miss Mustard Seed that I read earlier this year. She made a vintage looking chalkboard using a combination of two colors from her milk paint line (2 parts ‘Artissimo’ and 3 parts ‘Boxwood’). The result was absolutely stunning but my heart was set on a black chalkboard. I already purchased a bag of Miss Mustard Seed ‘Typewriter’ for another project I did a few months ago so I went ahead and gave the cork board two coats of ‘Typewriter’.When the paint was dry, I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk on the entire surface. This is an important step if you don’t want to see ‘GIVE THANKS’ imprinted on the surface after you erase it. It is so not funny especially when you are getting ready to write ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’!. (true story!).I wiped off the chalk with a damp towel and I thought about what to write. Unfortunately, my writing is not as neat as my grandmother’s so I used stenciled letters from my stash and simply wrote ‘FALL’.The word ‘FALL’ felt a bit naked on the chalkboard so I embellished it by drawing a bit of foliage.The cost for this project was $0 because I already had the cork board and all the supplies on hand. I think it turned out pretty good and it makes a nice focal point on our fall mantel. Did you ever turn a cork board into a chalkboard? I am curious to know how it will hold over time…
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