Monday, March 29, 2010

PATIENCE = Antique window, turned chalkboard



Patience is what you need if doing this project. I have always wanted to do some sort of project with an antique window. Many times I have driven by houses with old windows waiting to be picked up by the garbage man,and not stopped to get myself one.  Well, I could kick myself for this. They are in themselves works of art as far as I am concerned and look beautiful hanging on a wall as is. But I had another idea in mind, a chalkboard weekly calendar or something like that.  I remembered seeing an old window at the local antique mall and made a trip down to see if it was still there.  It was and of course I decided to purchase it. I even talked the store owner into knocking five bucks off the price. I finished this project on Saturday and I'm quite thrilled with the results! I can't wait to go buy some chalk and test it out with some pretty spring doodles or my weekly "To Do" list. 

Antique Window
Spray Chalkboard Paint
Painter's Tape
Craft Smart Acrylic paint-vanilla
paint brush
Q-tips (only if white paint leaks through tape onto chalkboard)
Frame hanging kit
Patience ;)

1. Sand wood to remove any paint or varnish, unless you already like the look of the wood frame
2. Give the window a good scrub and let dry completely
3. Tape off the wood with painters tape, letting no wood show through
4. In a ventilated area spray glass with chalkboard paint. Read directions for applying paint on the back of the can before doing this.
5. Let dry and give a second or even third coat if needed.
6. After the chalkboard paint is completely dry, tape off all outer sides of glass. 
7. Paint the wood frame if you wish
8. Remove tape gently being careful not to pull of chalkboard paint. If this happens you can touch up after and it will be hardly noticeable. Also if the white paint leaks on the chalkboard, lightly wet a q-tip and clean around edges. The paint I used came right up.  
9. When paint is completely dry, sand in various areas and edges to make it look worn in
10. Follow directions for frame hanging kit and hang on wall 
11. Enjoy!


  1. Hello!Thanks for coming by my blog and becoming
    I love the chalkboard that you made. Thanks also for the instructions. I am definitely going to add that to my list of projects.
    I did make the aprons. They are very fun to make. If you want to know the name of the pattern I can look that up for you.
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Fantastic Idea! Thank you for visiting me and commenting on March Madness giveaway! Your vignette is stunning! Great balance! Good luck with all the giveaways! ~lulu

  3. What a great idea, I picked up a bunch of old windows from the trash last year and have not done a thing with them. I am definitely going to be making a few chalkboards with them. Thanks for sharing the instructions!!


  4. you did a really good job with the chalk board. your patience paid off...i like it a lot!

  5. What a great idea and it turned out beautifully!
    Thank you for sharing.