I’m pretty sure you can buy these sorts of plaques at any craft store or if you aren’t as crafty but you are a bit thrifty, I found mine at Goodwillys.
I was immediately drawn to it because it looked a lot like a disney character. Do you see it, too? Without hesitation, I bought the plaque and then quickly put it in my craft box until I was ready for it. I ended up ‘being ready’ for it 8 months later. It just so happened that I needed a chalk board. I put 2 and 2 together and decided to craft myself a chalkboard plaque.
I finished the project within 2 hours including drying time between layers of chalk paint. Here’s how I did it.
Using a Clorox bleach wipe, I wiped the entire plaque to reveal its glory.
The sun was out in Seattle, so Archer and I took advantage of this by completing our entire project outside in the yard.
Are you awarding me with that? It’s not gold.
Using my orbital sander, I began sanding the top of the plaque to remove the veneer. I didn’t sand the edge of the plaque as I thought it gave it a Made Men look. They wouldn’t use chalk, I know, but they would like that I was using something that designates achievement.
I was able to completely remove the veneer by sanding. After doing so, I used another Clorox wipe and washed off all of the sanding debris.
Are you beginning to see which Disney character this looks like? Hint: “This is yet another example of the late neoclassic Baroque period. And, as I always say, “If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it!”
I used painters tape to tape around the top surface. This was a bit tricky, as the face, er, the plaque surface had angled edges. It took a lot of tape maneuvering and tearing.
Using an old bottle of chalkboard spray paint, I did as I’ve been told to do by every can of spray paint, ever.
Light, even strokes and let it dry in between coats.
After the first coat:
And after the 5th coat I peeled away the painters tape to reveal my perfect chalkboard plaque.
I hung it in the kitchen where we tend to do most of our documenting: shopping lists, to-do lists, recipes, menus, etc.
Have you guessed which Disney character I am referring to, yet?
If you are like me and immediately saw Cogsworth from The Beauty and The Beast, then you, too, are amazing!
Naturally, G1 and I took turns drawing on our best Cogsworth face. I went first….
Cogsworth according to G2
“[singing] Well, perhaps there’s something there that wasn’t there before.”
And G2 took it to the next level. He can do no wrong to Cogsworth.
Cogsworth according to G1:
“Well, there’s the usual things: flowers… chocolates… promises you don’t intend to keep… “
We love having Gaston in our kitchen, servicing us like the true Beauty and the Beast that we are.
…A tale as old as time….