How many of you have worked in an office where you have your name plate proudly displayed? Years ago I was gifted one by my boss but, it was just the plaque; no base. Well, I never did buy a base so I just leaned it on various things as I moved on, up, and out 😉
Not long ago my mom gave me her old name plate base and I knew I wanted it to be a chalkboard. I had only slightly different plans for it originally. Leave it to me to make a super easy project difficult. So, along the way, I scratched my original idea and started anew. It isn’t bad, not wrong, just different.
The most important thing is, it’s super easy!
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Materials I used:
- Wooden name plate base
- White Spray Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- 220 Sandpaper
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Chalk (same brand I have)
I removed the plaque with my mom’s name and it came off super easy. Then I sanded it down a bit.
I sprayed 2 coats of white paint and when it was fully dry, I measured in about 1/8″ from the edge all around the front and drew lines in pencil using the ruler to get a straight line.
I then matched up the painters tape with the pencil lines and sanded lightly within the tape borders to rough up the white paint.
After 2 coats of chalkboard spray paint, I let it dry and seasoned it with a piece of chalk. While I love the look of the spray paint I used, Valspar, it didn’t have any instruction on when I could season it. After 24 hrs.? 48? I went with 24 and it seemed fine.
It also spattered out little blotches and the only way I could stop it was by wiping the nozzle with mineral spirits. Although it would eventually just start spewing it out again.
Here are a couple of close ups of the splatter marks. While I don’t like them, it doesn’t seem to interfere with writing on it.
Do you have an old name plate base you could use?
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