Black Chalkboard Sails are making today a special day. Why?
It’s Project Challenge day!
That’s when a creative collection of home DIY bloggers design projects made with the same material. This month the material is…
If you got chalkboard paint laying around needed a project, click on over for some ideas.
Black Chalkboard Sails
Along the bottom of this post are more ideas for using chalkboard paint. Make sure to check them out with me.
Chalkboard paint is much like chalk based paint. It covers almost any surface from glass to fabric. It’s easy to paint with and has a matte finish.
I was inspired by the Stars series “Black Sails” for this project. I liked the first season, got lost in the second season, and the third season…they killed my favorite character! If I watch season four it will be only for the sets and scenery. The sets are stunning. Old weather shutters, chandeliers and wood beams are worth watching. It is for adult viewing.
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Here are the supplies I used for my project this month. A piece of 2 by 4 board, a spindle from a vintage crib, and the drop cloth….oh, plus the chalkboard paint.
The board was cut to 13 1/2 inches for the longest side with 30-degree angles. Notice too, I used a wood file to nick the edges. After all, the seas are rough. The spindle was cut to 17 inches.
I forgot to take a picture of the next step, but in the top center long side of the 2 by 4, I drilled a 1-inch hole 1-inch deep using a paddle bit. I laid the spindle across the different sizes of bits to figure out which one would be a snug fit.
I also grabbed two small eye hooks and headed inside with my pieces. I didn’t use the metal rings shown.
I laid the well “used” drop cloth down on a clean area and used a piece of chalk to draw a triangle from the top to the edges of the board. I then cut out the “sail.”
The sail was tossed in the washer and dryer. Not only to clean the sail but I want frayed edges. Frayed like the ropes and cloths in “Black Sails.”
Sorry for the blurry photo. Not enough hands! I used a water-based chalkboard paint to paint the drop cloth sail black. The edges are ragged and about 1/2 inch from the tattered and frayed edge. Using painter tape would get a straight line if that was the look I wanted.
Laying two different pieces of chalk on the side, I made to bands across the sail. Then added “C57” along the bottom. I have no idea what “C57” stands for!!
I stuck the spindle into the top hole. Those two eye hooks were added to each end of the sailboat. Then I rigged up the sails with pieces of cotton twine.
The spindle was sanded lightly. Painting would have been next, but I chose not to paint. I glad I didn’t. The “raw” look against the black chalkboard sails is cool!
Now let’s check the other chalkboard projects.