Habitat ReStore Headboard turned Chalkboard

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. This ReStore thing is getting to be a habit. I know, I know. My husband and I try to hit the ReStore every Saturday morning. Sometimes we can’t make it and I always wonder what treasure I missed. This particular Saturday, must have been hotel renovation day. There were hundreds of matching chairs, sofas, tables and headboards. I looked at that headboard and knew immediately what I wanted to do. This is another project where I am late to the party. DIY’ers and bloggers have been using chalkboard paint for years. Jessica at Mom4real.com has some really awesome projects using chalkboard paint. I usually wait until a trend has passed before I get on board. Kinda like chevrons. I haven’t made anything using the chevron. Now I think it’s kinda run it’s course. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll make something next year using the chevron. Anyway… this is my chalkboard.
Habitat ReStore Chalkboard Paint

Let me show you where this little beauty started.
Headboard chalkboard Habitat ReStore
Why such a crappy photo you ask? Well, let me tell you, this thing was heavy! I needed my husband to hold it up, and he wasn’t available.

Habitat ReStore Headboard chalkboard

Up close and sanded

Here is a little up close shot, so you can see some of the detail. I did a light sanding to get her ready for priming.

Kilz primer chalkboard

Priming with Kilz

I used Kilz white primer for the outside frame. I was going to paint it orange so I wanted to cover as much of the brown as I could. When it came to priming the parts that would be covered with chalkboard paint, I remembered I had tinted a quart of Kilz for a table that I painted black. So, I dug that out and painted those parts with grey primer.

Kilz primer chalkboard

Kilz tinted with black

This is how it turned out.

Kilz primer chalkboard Habitat ReStore Headboard

primed with Kilz

Here’s a close up.
The biggest issue I had with with this headboard was the unfinished bottom edge. This was most likely hidden behind the mattress. Here’s a look.
Headboard turned Chalkboard
What to do, what to do? Hubby and I hit the Lowe’s looking for some kind of edge piece that I could used to not only hide the unfinished edge, but provide a place to put my chalk. I think this fluted piece of molding is perfect.
Ok, this is also a crappy picture -it’s very hard to see, but imagine taking four finders and running them down a piece of wood to create four grooves. The back side is rounded. All I did with this is cut it to size, prime, paint and attach with with wood glue and nails. Presto! It’s perfect.
Now on to the fun stuff. I’m sure you all know that orange is my favorite color. Most of the stuff in my new craft room is white (popped corn) with orange usually in the interior. This time I decided to just go with the orange.
Orange Paint, Sherwin Williams
I used the same paint, Sherwin Williams Tango, that I got in the sample size and have used on many projects.
Mmmmm, I love this orange. I almost painted my kitchen this color! Ok, back to the project at hand. Now it was time to start the chalkboard paint. Again, my first time!! So excited. Anyway, I started to realize that the two smaller sections on both ends were really too small to write in, so I decided to put cork down! I had this from a leftover 4th of July project that I never posted :(.
Ha! Looks good right? I really liked the idea of having the cork on the ends. Yay. While the paint was drying etc., I made a trip to Hobby Lobby to look for some orange and white tacks for my new cork sections. Couldn’t have just any tacks. They needed to be pretty. I could not find a thing. That’s when I remembered that I have a jar with orange and white buttons. So I glued some to the heads of tacks and viola, pretty tacks!
button tacks
Pretty right? I really like them. Here’s the board with the first coat of paint.
Rustoleum Chalkboard paint
I really think that tinted primer helped. I only needed two coats of the Rustoleum Chalkboard paint. Now, the only reason I know about this next step is because I read a lot of great blogs. I didn’t even read the can of paint (who can anyway with that tiny print)! I just remembered seeing this done – condition your chalkboard. Huh you say? Check out this photo.
Now you know what conditioning is. You run your chalk sideways over the chalkboard and then you wipe it off. Simple. Now it’s ready to hang and write on. This is the backside of the headboard. It came with two of these metal hanging plates. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with the part that it hung on, on the wall.
If you look closely at this pic, down in the far left bottom corner you can see a rubber bumper. It came with one on all four sides. Bonus for my walls. Anyway, since this thing was so heavy, we used four hangers and four large heavy duty picture hangers on the wall. No pic, sorry, but you know what I’m talking about. I needed a cool way to store my chalk and to make sure it was on hand when I needed it. I didn’t want to put every piece on the tray. I have these orange buckets all over my craftroom table and I knew it would be perfect for this.
chalk bucket
Perfect. A little cup hook, and done!

chalk board  Habitat ReStore
headboard turned chalkboard
So there ya have it! My Habitat ReStore Headboard turned Chalkboard. Hope you enjoyed your time on the blog. Until next time…

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17 thoughts on “Habitat ReStore Headboard turned Chalkboard

    • Thanks Cindy! I really appreciate it. Thank you for stopping by the blog. Stay tuned for another Habitat ReStore project.

    • Thanks Tami! I was so shocked and honored to have been chosen by Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage. I’m still giddy. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it.

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    • Awwww Angela, that is so sweet of you to say. I really appreciate the comments. It was a fun project to do. I love upcycling from my local Habitat ReStore. I’ve got a new project in the works from there so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again. Going over to check out your blog.

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  9. Kathleen, this is absolutely beautiful! You are clever and creative! I have been to the ReStore several times, but I haven’t found anything I was crazy for. What a great job, and I love the color too! I would love if you would stop by and share this at Celebrate It! It is a weekly blog party where we celebrate the wonderful things in our everyday lives. I hope you will stop by and take a look!

    • Teri,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for you very kind words. I would love to link this up at your blog party! I’ll need to do any update on it as I’ve painted it a different color (there is good reason, I promise). As you can tell, I have not been keeping up with the blog at all. I’ve been totally overwhelmed with everything going on in my life at the moment, but I promise I will do an up date with new photos and head on over to your party. I’ve actually been on your blog many times. It’s really awesome. I lived in Raleigh for a short time waaaayyyyy back in the 80’s. Again, thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas.

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