I have always wanted a giant chalkboard wall in our house! Thanks to the previous owners who already painted one. Although it was not functional for me. The walls are textured so it is almost impossible to write on. Plan B. Create a chalkboard calendar out of something else. I though about plain wood, paint it and hang it. Kind of boring. So scrolling through Pinterest, google etc. etc..I came across the idea of an old wood sash window!!! Easy right? Sure if you want one ready to hang. Etsy is where you’ll find them. To me rescuing one would be more fun and I can make it my own. The only problem was they were far and few between. I checked craigslist daily and finally came across a posting for a ton of different Windows/ doors etc.. The posting said:
We have about tons of antique wood windows from Alabama Georgia. They were salvaged from a homes that was built in the late 1800s to mid 1900s . They are single, 4, 6 and 8 and 9 pane, some have chippy paint and some don’t. Great for crafts. Top and bottom sashes available. We also have several old doors. Solid wood. Great for projects.
I immediately texted the phone number listed. Asking price, dimensions etc. and got a fast response. They person said they didn’t know dimensions off hand but would have the windows at the Picker Place Vintage Market the coming weekend. Perfect. I don’t have to meet this person, which we all know craigslist is full of sketchy folk. And I get to browse at a vintage market, full of other amazing things I must have, I’m in!
After rescueing this antique window I stopped at Home Depot to pick up some chalkboard spray paint. I like the spray paint better for this only because I know it will be super smooth after it dries. Unlike the chalkboard paint which can leave streaks. The window was in used vintage condition with some paint chipping off. I thought about sanding it am down and re painting it, but when I got it home I was very happy leaving it in the original state just cleaning it up as it adds more character with the shabby chic look!
- Window/door of choice
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Painters tape
- Sand paper
- Picture hanging kit (home depot)
- Wood labels (Michaels)
- Acrylic paints/brush
First I wiped it down with water/dish soap and lightly sand off and loose paint. Next I taped off all the wood and once more cleaned the glass in prep for the spray paint.
Time to lug it back to the garage…I lightly did one coat with my chalkboard spray paint. Let it dry for about 30 minutes and went over it again lightly. I did this for about 5 coats and set in the sun to help it dry faster. I let it sit overnight before taking the tape off.
After taking off the tape I was amazed it actually looked like one I saw on etsy for well over $100! Next up was to add some personal touches. I had gone to Michaels to get some type of wood labels to show the day of the week. I wasn’t sure if I was going to stencil or stamp this so I got out all my supplies:
Stenciling turned ugly real quick. So I used stamps and lightly sanded over it to make it look a bit washed out. I also added some more paint color on the chipped spots to again make a more “washed out” look. I then hot glued the days of the week to the window!
After everything was dried I attached the picture hardware kit. Finally it was ready to hang and get some good use! More to come on what we added next to this odd space….
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