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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Giant Chalkboard

I am really tossing myself under the bus this week.  I have openly admitted that I cannot paint a straight line.  I have a mental block and cannot tape straight either.  Both are skills needed for painting walls.

I love a freshly painted room.  The smell, the look and the feel.  I just don't do it.  
I have done it and have been asked not to do it again!

So when I decided to paint a giant chalkboard on the shoppe wall, I knew there would be trouble.

First we unhinged the row of doors behind the checkout counter. 

This is when the fun begins...

Can you see how unlevel that piece of tape is?   I didn't have a level, so I just eye balled it.
I do not recommend that!

I attempted to tape on the sides too, but didn't feel like moving everything, so I just gave up half way up the wall.

I do not recommend that either.

Clearly, I should have taped off the top.

I do recommend that.

And now the finish project:

So how did we get to this point?

I measured my painted area, then took a trip to Home Depot.   I found cute little decorative squares to avoid making the miter cuts.  One for each corner.

Since my corners measured 2", I subtracted that from my board measurements.  Length of the top and bottom of the chalkboard is 80" - 4" (2 corners at 2" ea), and we cut the boards to 76".  Using my awesome math skills, we did the same for the sides.  Home Depot will cut for you.

Back at the shoppe, Hubby grabbed some tools and joined me.

See that long silver item in Hubby's hands?  You need one of those, preferably from the start of this project.  It's a level.  Even though I have the level app on my phone, it wasn't sufficient.

Hubby held the level board and I used my air powered nail gun to secure the pieces.  That tool rocks!  Then Hubby got jealous and grabbed the nail gun and finished the top.

A little seasoning on the chalkboard - a must when using this paint.

I wiped it down with a damp cloth and it's nearly ready to greet you at the store.

The trim is my best friend - it covered all my uneven lines!

I can officially mark this project of my list of things to do in 2014!

Have a great day!



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