These little guys are an amazing addition to any place setting. So adorable. Perfect for any wedding or parties leading up to the big day.
- 4” x 6” picture frames
- sheet Masonite(s)
- primer (for hardboard)
- blackboard paint (for hardboard)
- latex primer (for frame)
- latex paint (for frame)
Inexpensive wood picture frames are widely available at décor and craft stores. The one pictured measures 4” x 6”.
A 1/8”-thick sheet of Masonite (also known as “hardboard”) can be purchased in sheet form at building supply stores. At the store, get this sheet cut into pieces, each measuring 5-7/8” x 3-7/8”.
Using blackboard paint is a snap. You’ll have to invest a little time, but the actual technique is quite simple. The keys to success are to apply several coats (two to three), let each dry thoroughly, and allow the final coat to cure for several days before writing on the surface.
To prepare the surfaces, lightly sand the area with 120- or 140-grit sandpaper (this will allow the paint to adhere best to the surface). Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to clean away all dust.
Using low-tack masking tape, carefully tape off the area you will be painting.
Apply a coat of primer (use Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start 023 primer on already-finished surfaces and Benjamin Moore’s Alkyd Enamel Underbody 217 on raw wood). Let dry overnight.
Apply a coat of blackboard paint (try Benjamin Moore’s Studio Finishes Chalkboard Paint 307). Let dry overnight.
Apply a second coat of blackboard paint. Let dry thoroughly. If needed, apply a third coat. To let the final coat dry thoroughly, wait at least three days (and ideally seven) before writing on the blackboard surface.
1. Prepare frames by removing the glass inserts and cardboard backings from each frame.
2. Apply blackboard paint. Sand, prime and paint the Masonite.
3. Paint picture frames. Once all paint is dry, reassemble frames (with Masonite in place of glass).
And that’s it! Adorable place cards that you can reuse!
*Photo Credit : Canadian House & Home