Chalk it Up

Normally I wouldn't give instructions for something I found in a rummage sale, but this is applicable for a picture frame, a window, a drawer front or kitchen cabinet so I feel that I can go ahead.

open shutter
masonite board
stain blocker spray paint (Bin or Kilz)
chalkboard paint
pale green spray paint
gel matte medium or Mod Podge
black or brown shoe polish (optional)

putty knife
paint brush
old credit card
hair dryer (optional)
fine sandpaper (optional)

When I saw this it screamed "little kitchen chalkboard" to me so I removed the amber plastic (anyone have an idea for this?) and all of the hardware. With a putty knife, use paintable caulk to fill in all of the holes. Scrap off all of the extra caulk and allow to dry. Use the plastic as a template and cut out a piece of masonite the same size.

Paint the masonite and the shutter with stain blocker spray paint and allow to dry. Sand lightly. Spray the shutter with light green paint (or your choice of color). Allow to dry.

Download "Le Menu" here. Print it out on your computer then print it on a copy machine. The copy machine print works best for this process. Paint a thin layer of gel matte medium on the shutter top and place the copy paper over the gel. Burnish it with a credit card to insure that the paper is in tight contact with the wood. Wait for it to dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

*note: You can make your own wording, but it must be backwards. I use Photoshop Elements and the commands IMAGE>TRANSFORM>FLIP HORIZONTAL. You can reverse words in WORD, but you first have to save it as a picture. (google the exact directions). One of my printers will flip the image with the command of "mirror image". Look for commands of "flip" "reverse" or "mirror" to reverse your words in whatever program you would like to use.

*note: If I were to do this again I would either tear (rather than cut) the paper around my image so that I don't have a rigid edge around it or use paper large enough to completely cover the whole area I am transferring my image to.

Wet your fingers and rub off the paper. The image will be left. An ultra fine Sharpie can be used to fill in anything that doesn't transfer. A thin coat of gel medium on top of the transfer to dissolve any little paper fuzzies that are left;

You can stop now or use brown shoe polish to age your shutter. (This is where the cut edge of my transfer showed up so I took fine sandpaper and removed the edge.)
Spray the masonite with at least two coasts of chalkboard paint, allow to dry then insert it into the opening in the shutter using small brads or hot glue. Place the knob at the bottom of the shutter and hang a small bucket filled with chalk.

I can see a long "honeydo" list right now.


Emma's Lunch said...

Wow! I love it! What did you do? You saw a shutter in a flea market and said "I think this could be a great chalk board!" or you had the idea in mind and went looking for a shutter?

It is absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Emma's Lunch

Gail said...


To answer your question, I saw the shutter first. I usually strike out when I try to find an item to complete an idea. This just hit me when I saw it. Doesn't always happen.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Clear tutorial, great chalkboard. Knob with little tin of chalk was a neat addition.

Beth said...

I love the way it turned out! I really love chalkboards!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the finish, and the bucket of chalk idea.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Who doesn't love a good chalkboard? Love your colors!!

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Jill ~ Jillify It said...

I love the transformation!! Great job! I'm a new follower to your site!

Jessica Kielman said...

What a transformation! I am going to have to keep my eyes open for something similar! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to link this up along with anything else you like!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Heaven's Walk said...

So cute! I'll have to remember this one! :)

xoxo laurie

Serendipity and Spice said...

Wow... great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
PS- I've started a Blog Hop- would love for you to stop by and join in.

Meg said...

Shoe polish?? What a great idea! I love the aged look it brings to the cabinet!

Karen at said...

This is super-cute! I love it!!! The little bucket with the chalk finished it off perfectly!

Jessica Kielman said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my first link party last Friday! Party #2 is live, and I would love for you to come link up something new!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real said...

Very cute!

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