Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DIY: Chalkboard Paint Key Hook

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I now have no excuses for forgetting! I am constantly dashing out the door and forgetting something behind so I wanted to make a little chalkboard / key hook that I could hang in my office.

I have been obsessed with chalkboard paint since it became readily available. Chalkboard paint turns almost any surface into a chalkboard. It is very easy to use and is available in tons of different colors. I love the traditional black/slate color for this project.

I whipped it up in just a few hours (including dry time) and I got the seal of approval from my hubby – he promptly hung his motorcycle keys on the hook. I don’t think he saw the pink crackle finish.

Please enjoy this little tutorial and give it a whirl.

Wood Plaque
White Paint
Crackle Medium
Pink Paint
Chalkboard Paint
Hook and Screws
Scrapbook Letters
Decorative Nails
Mini Hammer
Picture Backing


1. First I painted the edge of the wood plaque with white paint. For this step, I just used one thick coat. Allow to dry.

2. Next, I applied a thick coat of crackle medium over the dry white paint. Dried for 1.5 hours.

3. Next, working in one direction, I applied a coat of black chalkboard paint to the top surface of the plaque. Allow to dry.

4. Working in the opposite direction as step 3 I applied a second coat of chalkboard paint. After it was dry I seasoned the chalkboard as described on the jar of paint. It is different for different brands so check the jar.

5. Next, I painted over the dried crackle finish with pink paint. I like to work quickly and in one direction.

6. I positioned the hook on the side and pre drilled holes.

7. I screwed in the hook with a few twists of a screwdriver.

8. I had some old scrapbooking letters on hand so I choose some letters to spell “MAKE”.

9. I used a mini hammer to attach the letters with decorative nails.

10. Add a picture hanger to the back, hang and chalk a message.
Make Something~

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  1. The post came out so great. Thank you for all your hard work Cathie.

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It was so fun to make....and it is already getting used!


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