From an old restaurant menu to a Bermuda Blended stenciled chalkboard…
With the help of the Classy Frame Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils to decorate the chalkboard and painting the frame in Bermuda Blending Technique chalk paint colors, the new line of gilding metallics liquids and powders from Southern Blenders with amazing stains from UnicornSPiT the results are nothing less than quality and filled with vibrant colors!!
Before & After
A friend of mine had these restaurant menus that she didn’t need anymore and was going to tossed , so I asked her if I could get them and fortunately for me she said yes!!. (Happy dance!)
It is a pretty good size frame (47″H x 43″ L x 2″D) made of cedar wood and the menu area was made of some kind of acrylic or plastic, very sturdy. I started by giving the frame a good sanding with a 220 grid sand block to get a smooth surface to work on.
Chalk paints and #UnicornSpit Stains
I knew I wanted to make a chalkboard out of it but wanted it to be different and of course beautiful.. That’s why I chose to make the frame to stand out doing my Bermuda Blending Technique on it, and for the chalkboard area I just fell in love with the Classy Frame from Cutting Edge Stencils to give a touch of elegance to my chalkboard..
First coat applied, while it dries let’s start blending the frame!
Bermuda Blending colors are a carefully selected shades of blue with a contrast color of orange then enhanced with natural stains colors and metallics..
From darker to light shades blended to create an incredible finishing all around the frame.
Now that all of your chalk base colors are dried you can start applying the UnicornSPiT stains in the same shades of the chalk to enhanced the existing colors and make them look bright!
Time to apply your second coat of blue in the chalkboard area to get a better coverage of the existing background.
About 20 minutes later, the paint was enough dried to start working with our stencil!
Once is centered..
Now that our stencil is centered (Use a measuring tape to get a perfect center) you can use small pieces of painters tape to keep it in place without damaging the painted area.
Then apply at least (2) coats of chalkboard paint.. I used for this project Rustoleum chalkboard paint in black color..
As soon as I finished the second coat of chalkboard black paint I peeled off the stencil to let the paint dry completely.
Now you have a two colors chalk painted chalkboard that looks sooo cool!!
While waiting for the paint to dry, I went back to finishing the frame, following the steps of Bermuda Blending Technique it was time to used the dark wax but only in random areas to achieve an antiqued finishing.
The bling step on the technique.. Metallics!!
Using the Southern Blenders new line of metallic liquid and gilding powders I was able to make every color pop!
The ultimate touch of elegance..
After the frame was dried a coat of Polyurethane in satin finished was applied only in the frame area.