Make your own unique chalkboard from headboard to hang at your home, pub or restaurant!
Thing you’ll need:
Dismantle the frame and cut out new boards from a hardboard sheet (you can buy one already cut to the size and shape). Reassemble the piece to be sure that new boards fits perfectly.
Of course if your old boards are wooden, flat or good quality, you don’t have to replace them 🙂
If everything fits, paint the boards first with a primer or white paint, then with chalkboard paint. Apply the paint with roller in 2 or 3 coats (remember to wait at least one hour before recoating and to level off the surface if it’s needed).
You can use spray paint – the blackboard surface will be perfectly even then – but I don’t recommend it, if you’re not experienced in it. It’s not as easy as you think 😉
Let paint dry for 24 hours before using.
1. First, as always, clean the frame with sander or sandpaper (you can also use paint remover but be careful with it – it can contain corrosive substances that can damage wood or your skin!).
2. Drill holes in the frame so at the end we can thread the rope and make a hanger. I already had four holes on each side of the headboard (made probably for bed construction) so I drilled couple of more to make a stitch-like pattern.
Before drilling the hole, make a small dent with a drill bit – it will make easier keeping the driller in position.
3. Now the chalk shelf! I won’t lie, it’s the hardest thing to do in this tutorial but I’m sure you’ll manage 🙂
I used a quadrant and stripwood moulding but you can use only stripwood ones – it will be much easier (no need for mitering).
Cut the stripwood on desired length, then miter the ends of the quadrant moulding (also cut out and miter two small ones for the sides of the shelf) making shelf corners.
Glue all the pieces together, let the glue dry and then glue it to the frame of the chalkboard.
Fill all the gaps with the filler, wipe any excess with damp cloth and then level it with sandpaper.
4. There’s only one thing left to do. Painting!
I’ve applied 4 layers of different color paint. First red, then blue, light yellow and white. Of course you can use whatever colors you like. The end result can be really astonishing, be bold!
After the paint is dry distress it with fine grid sandpaper – do it gradually and be careful, you don’t want to scrape off too much 🙂
Now assemble whole piece and thread the rope through wholes you’ve made previously, make knots on the ends… DONE!
Check out this tutorial if you want to make an eraser for you chalkboard 🙂
Things you’ll need:
You can use this technique for upholstering headboards, benches, coffee tables – whatever you like. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to do the tufting on a lid of a ottoman.
1. Unscrew the hinges and take of the lid.
Now you have to plan the diamond tufting. It should consist of same size rhombuses. Make a sketch on a piece of paper, determine how many buttons and tufts you can fit in and then transfer the pattern on a lid surface. Drill the holes in the points of lines intersections.
If you are using foam for filling, draw the pattern on a foam, make holes in it, then put the foam on the lid, mark corners of rhombuses and drill the holes (thicker the foam, deeper the tufts will be).
2. If you’re using fiber filling (a took mine from duvet ^^) cut out 4-5 layers – every next one should be a little bit larger than previous one. Put the filling on the lid and fasten it with couple of staples to the lid, just to prevent it from moving.
3. Cut out the fabric. You have to add at least 15-20cm on each side (or more, it depends on filling thickness).
4. Take a strong thread and a big needle, tie a knot on the thread next to the button and thread a needle on the other end. You can use regular shank buttons or upholstery cover buttons.
Put the buttoned needle through the hole and pull it out from the other side. Anchor the button in place by stapling the thread (zig-zag).
Remember to refine the folding of the fabric during the process and to keep the fabric grains straight.
5. Now it’s time to pull the fabric tight around the edges and secure it with staple gun. First do it quite roughly to position the fabric and arrange the fold properly. Then staple the fabric all around.
After that, do the corners. Fold the fabric neatly and secure with staples.
6. Because the underside of the lid will be visible when opened, you have to cover the fabric edges and staples. To do that, cut out rectangular sheet from plywood, hardboard, dense thin foam or whatever that will do the job, and cover it with fabric. Then attach it to the lid with glue or screws. I had to screw additionally two planks, to reinforce the seat.
Here’s a video tutorial:
Done! Your diamond tufting is ready, now let’s do the ottoman’s box 🙂
Dyeing and painting wooden box
NOTE: after every coat of paint or varnish wait at least(!) one hour before applying another coat.
1. Clean all surfaces with sander or sandpaper. Remember to wear a mask – old paints and varnishes can be toxic and even non-toxic dust is really nasty. Clean the surfaces with a damp cloth and wait for it to dry.
2. If your piece of furniture is fairly decent and not too old, you don’t have to make any improvements, you can already paint the whole thing in one color.
If not, fill most obvious gaps and dents with wood filler and level them with sandpaper. Then apply one coat of paint to see if you missed any other, less obvious gaps and fill them as well.
The easiest way to apply the filler is with your finger, pushing the filler into the gap and taking off the excess with a cloth.
3. In my case I wanted to paint inside of the drawers in light yellow, the bottom and inside of the box in solid white and the outside of the box dye white. If you want to use different color paints, you have to paint the box gradually, using masking tapes.
Here is a short tutorial on how to use wood dye
4. Secure all the surfaces with wax or varnish (at least two layers). I used varnish with matt finish.
5. Screw back the lid to the box.
1. Go to your local charity shop, go through your attic or granny’s room (ask first!) looking for a nice small box (wooden, metal, whatever you like). When you’ll find it, you are at halfway making exceptional chalkboard eraser 🙂
I bought mine for 1,5£ – almost missed it during my second-hand shopping fever.
2. Take the lid off, put it on the sponge and trace the box shape with a marker or pencil. Roughly cut out the shape, then gradually cut off small pieces of the sponge, trimming it to desired shape. Take your time and do it accurately.
3. Only one thing left to do! Glue the lid and sponge together. Voilà!