Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chalkboard Pedestal Frames

Today I’m sharing my tutorial on how I made some chalkboard pedestal frames.
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I started with a package of candle cups purchased here and some simple frames.
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The first thing I did was take apart all the frames.  Keep the parts for later.
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Using wood glue, I stacked up 2-3 candle cups to get the various heights,
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and then glued them together.
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Next I painted the frames with a creamy Heirloom White,
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and glazed them with Ralph Lauren’s smoke glaze.
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I used a sponge brush to paint on the glaze and wiped it off with a paper towel.  This leaves some glaze in the grooves of the frames for the aged look.
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I did the same painting and glazing with the candle cups.
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No picture (sorry) but I also painted and glazed the round wooden discs which became the “base” of the chalkboard holders (see first pic). I purchased my 4 inch round wooden discs from Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  Any smaller wooden shape would work just fine!

Next, I took off the easel and hardware from the back of the frames.  (Keep the thick cardboard to use when putting it back together.)
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Next, I used the cardboard (in pic above) to measure my Contact chalkboard paper, and I cut a piece of chalkboard for each frame.  (I purchased my Contact chalkboard paper here.)
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The next step is to peel off the backing and attach the chalkboard paper to the glass.  Adhering it to the glass insures a smooth writing surface.  Place the glass and the cardboard backing back into the frame and now you have these:
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I wanted my chalkboards to be double-sided, so using the wood glue I glued them back to back…
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Then I grabbed some books to weight it down while it dried. It doesn’t take long to dry … maybe 15 minutes.
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The final step is to glue all the pieces together.  I glued the candle cups to the wooden discs first, then the chalkboard frames to the candle cups.
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I used 4x6 and 3.5 x 5 frames.  Another option would be to place the frames vertical for a bit more height.  I am thrilled with how they turned out!
Want your own but don’t want to mess with making it? You can grab some from my Etsy shop!
Thanks for visiting!

24 comments:

  1. Oh how very cute! And the bases you created are so sturdy! Love chalkboards and yours is great!

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  2. I love this idea! Not only that, I love that you gave the option of following your directions and making it or buying it in your shop!!!

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  3. these are so cute!! love them! They look like they were a lot of fun to make. Pinning this :)

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  4. So cute! What size are the disks...and where did you find them? :)

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  5. LOVE these!!! Great tutorial!!! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours Link Party!! ;)

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  6. These are so awesome! I love the vintage look. :)

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  7. Well duh Lori! When I made you the chalkboard Santa Claus, I could have used the chalkboard contact paper lol, instead of searching for chalkboard paint. Your vintage-y looking chalkboard pedestals are wonderful! Hugs, Lorettie

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  8. These are awesome!!! TFS! Found your project on Pinterest!

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  9. There are great... I would love to also know where you found the bases and what size they are if you don't mind. Thanks! Amy

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  10. Super Cute! Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

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    XO, Aimee

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  11. I finished the four of mine I have been working on. I love them! Thank you for a great tutorial!!

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  12. These are so great- how cute these would be to use on a buffet table or anywhere you want to remind yourself of something or to put your bible verse that you are memorizing. I love how elegant and vintage they look!

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  13. So cute!
    I love your link up !

    http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  14. Wonderful project! Love them, Thank you :)

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  15. Always looking for unique, useful, and cost effective crafting ideas... SWEET I will do this for my daughter's new apartment. She is a list maker. EXCITED!

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  16. Thank you so much for this great idea! I just pinned this! I would absolutely love it if you would link this project up to our "impossibility" party. Here's the link:

    http://thistlewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-journey-of-1000-steps/

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  17. I am in love with all things chalkboard. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!!! Super Super cute

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  18. This is really awesome, thanks so much for sharing how to do this!

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  19. Awesome! What size wood disc do you use??

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  20. Awesome job...curious to how well you find the contact papter holds up??

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  21. Your frames are super-cute - love em! I have this linked to my picture frames post too today, well done!

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