This is a first for the Jaderstons, but I am so excited to have Abby here from Home Sweet Townhome to share a very sweet tutorial with us.
Abby is incredibly talented and a fellow graduate of KU. She is currently residing in KC with her husband (you should definitely read their sweet love story). We grew up on opposites sides of Wichita but our mom’s have been close for years. We have known of each other for years, but didn’t get into close contact until recently – through our blogs. It has been a joy working with her and I really hope you enjoy this post and visit her blog often. Enjoy!
Hi there! I’m Abby Madison from Home Sweet Townhome guest blogging for Kelsey. Today I’m going to show you how to turn a regular globe into a chalkboard globe.
What you’ll need:
A globe – vintage preferred
Can of chalk paint
Start by wiping your globe down with a damp paper towel to get off any dust or dirt. Mix up your chalk paint thoroughly before starting. Chalk paint can separate, and it’s really important to make sure it’s mixed well.
I really love working with chalk paint because it’s so easy, and it dries incredibly fast. It’s also really great at hiding brush strokes, so don’t stress over those. I did 3 thin coats on my globe, making sure to avoid covering little details like the spinning axis at the top (one reason why going vintage with the globe is so fun).
You’ll want to make sure you have it well covered as it may wear down over time with use. It also may be tempting to slop it on, but try and keep it even – you’ll thank yourself later when you’re writing on it! Finally, keep your paint handy as chalk paint tends to wear on certain materials, and it may need touching up after a few months. It all just depends on how often you use it.
Once it’s been dry for a few hours, you’re free to draw! Cover your globe with a layer of white chalk, and erase it off with a dry rag. This insures that the first thing you write on the globe isn’t forever etched in the surface.
I chose a quote for my globe here: “Love is a journey – it starts at forever and ends at never.” You could also keep it functional with notes and messages, or even draw out a map of all the places you’ve traveled like I did in the first photo. The possibilities are endless, and it’s an easy way to add a little somethin’ to your home.