DIY: Chalkboard Fireplace

By now, you guys know that I live for saving money. I am always looking for more ways I can save.

Today’s DIY project is a great example of a unique way to save money.

If you saw my apartment tour, then you probably remember the gorgeous fireplace in the living room. You know, the one with the gorgeous wood work and gray marble?

The fireplace itself is boarded up with black painted wood. Even though I knew it was going to be a design challenge, it was one of the reasons I fell in love with the apartment.

So what to do with a boarded up fireplace?

I knew for sure that I didn’t want to just let it sit there, after all it is the focal point of the room. I wanted to bring the right kind of attention to it, something that would compliment the woodwork and marble.

I thought about buying a bunch of ivory colored pillar candles in varying heights and filling up the space, but I quickly realized that it probably wouldn’t be the best idea with a dog in the apartment.

Plus, candles are like super expensive.

I really can’t justify spending my money on them. A tiny little votive is like $7. Could you imagine how much I would have to drop to fill up the entire fireplace? NO THANK YOU.

Then my sister had a brilliant idea…chalkboard paint.

I have used it on past projects and loved working with it because of how quickly it dries and how easily it goes on. AND the fireplace was already painted black, so I wasn’t afraid about adding more black paint on top…still not really sure if we are allowed to paint things in the apartment so I have to be sneaky when I choose to do it 😉

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Foam Brush
  • Chalkboard Paint – I suggest using this kind

Here’s what you do:

1. Wipe down the area you are painting with a damp rag, make sure to get any dust off of the surface.

2. Wait for the surface to dry or be impatient like me and just dry it off yourself with a fresh rag.

3. Gently stir chalkboard paint – stirring too fast will add air bubbles into the paint and change the chemical makeup of it’s “chalkboard properties”.

4. Begin painting, every time I have used chalkboard paint I have needed 3-4 coats. Even if you think you have enough, I would suggest adding an extra one just to make sure you have great coverage.

5. Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to cure and dry – it’s suggested to wait a couple days but I have always been fine with the 24 hour window (again, I’m impatient).

6. Now it is time to season the paint. Take a stick of chalk and rub it ALL OVER the fresh paint, then wipe it away with a dry paper towel. Once you complete this step you will notice that it starts to really look like a chalkboard.

And voila! You’re done!

You have a super cute, cheap, and easy way to redo your fireplace! I hope you’ve all enjoyed this tutorial…can’t wait to show you what’s next!

And as always, thanks for reading xo

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