That Time Martha Stewart Failed Me…

I realize that I’m a little late to board the chalkboard train. I have been wanting a chalkboard frame for a while now, dreaming of finding the perfect chunky beautiful frame at a thrift store and giving it new life. It turns out that those big gorgeous frames are much harder to find than I originally thought…I spent months trying to find the right one before giving up and just getting a frame from Ikea.

Once I had the frame, I was excited to transform it. I bought Martha Stewart’s “multi-surface” chalkboard paint and painted the glass with 3 coats, waiting a few hours between each coat.

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I then conditioned the chalkboard by shading chalk across the whole piece of glass. It was a very unpleasant sound, literally like nails on a chalkboard. The paint didn’t feel even and my brush strokes were visible. Even though it didn’t feel right, I decided to press on and hope that the chalkboard surface would improve.

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Yeaaaaaah it’s safe to say it only got worse from there. The chalk squeaked against the glass and scratched the surface, leaving marks that I could not brush off, even with water. It was an ugly mess. I was so discouraged that Martha could let me down like this with her crappy paint, and the frame stayed locked in the guest room for months.

With our housewarming party coming up, I decided to give the chalkboard frame another shot. Especially after we took down the “Christmas Countdown” frame, that wall in the kitchen looked blank and in need of some love. I’ve used Valspar spray paint on a few projects lately and I’m loving the way the paint goes on so smoothly.

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(I promise I actually do have fingers, but my nails were not looking too cute so…)

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After 2 coats of the Valspar chalkboard spray paint, I could immediately tell the paint was thicker and more even. Also, say hi to our brown grass. What up, California drought?!

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Ahhh doesn’t it look about 800 million times better than before?! I’ve thought about maybe painting the white frame part to be a fun color that pops against our “greige” walls, but that’s another project for another day. As for now, me and Martha are fighting (even if she doesn’t know it) and I’ll be sure to read some reviews before buying her products if I haven’t used them before. Fool me once, Martha…