Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chalkboard Paint Facelift

Our new DIY project is fun and easy. The technique used can be applied to countless other pieces. The piece we used is a mini storage unit that was purchased at a local thrift store for just $3.99. The face of the draw units were painted in a stencilled pattern and might have been used in a child's bedroom. Chalkboard paint was used to paint over the stencilled pattern and it provides a new surface to label the contents of the draw units.

Over the years I have used chalkboard paint for a number of craft and decorating projects. You can use this product to transform almost any object into a writable and erasable surface. You can also add a touch of style and ornateness to the finished piece by adding interesting embellishments. For this unit we added a beautiful pair of decorative knobs; which were purchased from Michaels craft store.


This little unit has been used at our studio to store some of our stamping supplies. One of the great benefits of covering it with chalkboard paint, is the ability to easily label the draws by writing on the surface.

This is a latex paint and can be washed off with soap and water. I used a sponge brush to apply the paint onto the draw units; however, I have also found that a sponge roller also works well. When applying your paint, use even strokes in the same direction. A second coat may be needed to cover existing finishes.

Project Piece
Chalkboard Paint
Sponge Brush
Hardware or Decorative Element (optional)
Tape (optional)

  1. Lightly sand the surface of your project piece
  2. Clean the surface after sanding with a damp lint free cloth
  3. Use tape to mark off the desired area you plan to paint (optional)
  4. Using a sponge brush or roller, cover the area with the chalkboard paint
  5. Let dry based on instructions
  6. Reapply a second coat as needed
  7. Condition for use based on instructions
  8. Attach new hardware or decorative embellishments as desired
You can choose to lightly sand the surface of your project prior to applying the second coat of chalkboard paint.

View our video to learn how you can transform a piece of your own.



  1. How beautiful! I love the black and white and the knobs! Wonderful save! Thank you for sharing at the "Thrift It" party!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  2. Thanks Jaime! I am glad you like my project (for $3.99 you cannot go wrong). I really like the "Thrift It" party idea and I found some wonderful ideas from your blog and the other ladies that have posted. I'm looking forward to more crafty goodies :-)

  3. Thank you so much for linking up!! I will be featuring you over on Liz Marie Blog tomorrow :) xx

  4. Hi Liz Marie! Thank you so much, I am glad that you like my project. I think that the link up is a fabulous idea and you ladies have such amazing blogs. You have put a permanent smile on my face for the day. Thanks for including me in your feature :-)


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