Ginger Snap Crafts: OMTWI round 1 {outdoor chalkboard & desk}

OMTWI round 1 {outdoor chalkboard & desk}

I made it through to Round 2 of OMTWI.  {Whew!} 
What an amazing group of ladies & projects! 
I had fun having YOU guess which project you thought was mine!
Heather from Googly Pies & Rhiannon from My Handcrafted Home got it right!  :) 
My project was the Outdoor Chalkboard & Desk.
{Don’t feel bad it you didn’t guess right…my mom called Tuesday morning & had it narrowed down to 3 she thought might be mine, but she couldn’t tell!  Hope she voted from mine!
Love you, Mom!!!}

So just incase you missed it over there…here’s the tutorial!

It didn't take me long {about a minute!} to decide which Krylon product I wanted to try out....the Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint.  I've been wanting to try out some chalkboard paint, so this was the perfect opportunity!  Just so you know everything on this chalkboard is weather-proof.  It's all plastic, but you'd never know!



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Yes, the frame & the chalkboard surface are plastic!  So it should be fine outside!  The trim looks like wood, you can cut it like wood & paint it!  Love!  We bought it at Lowes in the lumber section.  The chalkboard is a fluorescent light cover.  Love that the label says virtually unbreakable!  With 5 kids I need that!  On one side it was bumpy but on the other it was pretty smooth.  That’s the side I painted with my Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint.

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While my hubby measured & cut the frame & screwed it all together I broke out the spray paint!  I'm not going to took several coats of paint!  My technique wasn’t too professional either! ;) Remember I’m new at this spray painting thing!  So it took several coats of paint & 2 cans of spray paint.  My trigger finger was a little sore, but so worth it! :)  Love how it turned out!  {FYI:  You have to wait 24 hours before writing on your chalkboard.}

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Then I painted the chalkboard frame & shaker pegs a vintage blue color {with regular paint this time!} .  Love the color!  After everything was good & dried we placed the chalkboard into the frame.  My husband had routed a little groove in the back of the frame, so the chalkboard lays flush with the frame.  Then we simply & carefully stapled gunned the chalkboard into place,
& then we put some shaker pegs along the front.  We drilled some small holes in the back to use for hangers.  Then we hung our chalkboard {outside} on our backyard fence!  On the pegs I hung buckets for chalk & erasers.  {TIP:  The erasers are just pieces of felt cut into squares. Easy!}

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Since I was out painting I decided to grab this cute desk down from the attic.  My husband's grandfather had made it a long time ago, & it was in the need of a makeover!  I used the Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint on the writing surface & then painted the rest of the desk yellow & white.  Love how it turned out!  So cute!!  FYI: The Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint worked awesome on the wood.  I think I needed only two coats.  Much better coverage than on the white plastic.

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So, there you go my very FUNctional & cute {outdoor} chalkboard & matching desk! 
My kiddos are LOVING it!  {And I’m loving NO chalkboard dust in the house!!!} :)


If you voted for my little project THANK YOU!!! 

Next week’s challenge is anything using a DecoArt Product.
Can’t wait! :)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!




  1. Haha! I am so excited that I was right! Something about the colors and the fact that it was so creative made me think it might be yours. What a great idea!

  2. This is a cute project!
    Please join us for our first linky party at:

  3. I knew it! It just looked like something you would do! So glad I got it right...can't wait to vote in the next round!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  4. Congrats on making it to round 2! I loved the chalkboard and little desk. Good luck in the next round.

  5. totally love it! pinning....

    thanks for linking up to mom it monday!

  6. sooooo cool!!!!


  7. I love this. It is SO cute...

    Thanks for linking it to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays :)


  8. That is a super fun idea! I love it:)

  9. Oh how fun!! So pretty! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!

  10. LOVEEE! We have the same spray paint that I have used for a few things. Thanks for linking this up on the Reasons to Skip the Housework link up :)

  11. So cute! I have an antique desk I've been wanting to redo, I think a chalkboard desktop is a great idea. Thank you!


  12. I LOVE that stuff!! Your project is too fabulous! Love the set up!! We will be featuring you and your awesome-ness on our blog today!! Thanks so much for sharing and linkin up! Feel free to come by and get a featured button and get your brag on :)

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  13. This is so cute and I love that the kids can make the mess with the chalk (cause it is messy) outside instead of inside. I would love for you to link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  14. Too cute and fun!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  16. I featured this post on my blog today! ;)

  17. This is AWESOME! I love that the top of the desk is chalkboard too!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at Fancy This Fridays Ginger!! :) By the way... *Somebody* has a FEATURE! ;)

  18. Hi! I just came across this post on Pinterest and I'm wondering how the chalkboard paint help up outside?


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