…or chalkboard paint. Whatever comes first I guess. That would be the paint. Because as long as there is religion, Lindsay Lohan, and colon cleanses, there will be no peace. You might not want to admit it, but you and your gastroenterologist know I’m right.
Here’s one of the quickest and easiest updates I’ve ever tackled. Heck, there wasn’t even a tackle, because that would imply a struggle. This was more like falling down and boom, craft done. It’s super easy. And it all starts with a second hand globe…
My mom got it for me at Goodwill for $5. It had a dent. Right over North America…which sounds just about right. I love America and all but we have big problems. I mean…have you watched American Idol these days?! Simon Cowell would hang his head in shame.
Important and lifechanging topics aside…I decided I was gonna mask the good ole U S of A and the rest of the planet we call home with a nice coat of chalkboard paint. First I took out the globe from the support base…then I took it outside and stuck it on a random stick (redneck version of a skewer). I didn’t want to have chalkboard grass so I put down a piece of cardboard and punctured a hole in it with a screwdriver…then drove my globe stick down through the hole into the ground. That way it sat up and I could get a full coat without puddling or mucked up paint.
Then I got to spraypainting with the chalkboard paint. (You can see the little poinsettia project here I did with this product awhile back!)
The key is to make sure it’s well-covered. Cover it like a beard on a Duck Dynasty chin…thin and numerous hairs…I mean, coats.
A little reassembling later…
I love it. I know it’s like a black globe…which is a little frightening…like pollution finally killed our planet…and I might be the only one that digs it (the color, not pollution…hollah greenies!) but I do.
I figure I could always chalk it up later…maybe with joy and peace all over it. Literally it would be peace on earth. and I would bring joy to the world. His name is baby Weston 🙂
Seriously though…I think I might do that…I photoshopped it just to see it in action…
I’d have to prep the surface first which means rubbing chalk all over it to make sure the surface doesn’t grip to that first writing like glue. I’ll do it just as soon as I get the courage to climb back up on that ladder to get it. Geesh. As I get older, my heights thing is getting worse. Next thing you know, I’ll be sleeping on the floor because I won’t wanna fall out of bed. I’m not even kidding.
So that’s a super quicky update I did to my ole thrift store globe. My mom didn’t like it at first but once she saw it in the shelves, she said that ‘it grew on her’. I think majority of stuff I do is like that 🙂
Have you guys been doing anything awesome lately? Chalkboard spraypainting? Or fun with globes? I think I have a small obsession with globes…it is like a carnival materializes around me when I find one. Oh and here are a couple tips if you are new to the chalkboard world :
- you always want to let the coats fully dry and then season the chalkboard with the chalk (just rub the side of chalk all over it until it’s nice and whitish…then dust it off with a microfiber towel.
- Michael’s and other crafting stores sell chalkboard pens for precise typography (remove it with a uber gentle rubbing of a damp Magic Eraser)
- dip your regular chalk in water for a really opaque marker-like chalk line (it may not appear bold at first but will dry brighter!)
- outline your chalkboard lettering first with a light hand and use a slightly damp towel and progressively darker lettering for perfect results
- for folks that have no confidence, print out lettering on paper and coat the back with rubbed chalk. Tape it in place (chalk side down) on your chalkboard and use a pencil to outline the precise lettering on the front to transfer the chalk. Then remove the paper and darken the transfered chalk.
Any other tips for chalkboard drawing or lettering?! Love to hear em!