Since transforming a huge mirror into our kitchen chalkboard I have barely used the leftover chalk paint on a few tiny projects. The cool thing about chalk paint is that you use such a small amount to cover large surfaces, leaving you with plenty of paint for future projects.
I purchased Rust-Oleum’ s 30 fl. oz. black flat chalkboard paint at Home Depot for around $10. Only 2 ounces shy of 1 quart, you still have plenty of paint for multiple projects! BTW, 1 quart can cover around 100 square feet. So $10 might seem expensive for a small amount, however you will get a LOT of use out of that little can!
Glancing over West Elm’s new market catalog I loved their chalkboard planters ranging in a variety of sizes from $6 to $18. Sadly I do not have a West Elm near me…but that is probably better for my wallet and Mike! Having plenty of leftover chalk paint I headed to Lowes and purchased an 8” clay pot ($3.97) and matching clay saucer ($2.57) for $7 with tax. The West Elm 8” pot is $18 and with tax and shipping it would be silly for me to purchase it when making one would only be $7 bucks!!
Laying out some parchment paper under my clay pieces, I gave them one coat of paint. Chalk paint dries pretty quickly for touch, but you have to wait 4 hours until you can apply another coat. Turning the pot over I went in about an inch to where the soil would reach. Once it was dry I popped in a beautiful Hyacinth plant.
I used my chalk pens to label the front and on the back I added notes for the plant’s sun and water instructions. Lily loves to take the little instruction card that is inserted in the soil. I keep mine as a reminder on water, spacing (if I want to add other herbs/flowers to the same pot) and sunlight instructions. Now if Lily decides to take the plant’s card I will have the instructions right there on the pot!
So here is a great splurge or save option. West Elm’s option at over $20 or my very own DIY chalk planter at $7! Now of course if you have a West Elm nearby and you don’t already have chalk paint you can save $ on shipping & paint and purchase theirs. BUT even if you save on shipping, you can still do this easy DIY chalk project and come out on top! WHY? Because like I said you will be able to use that $10 chalk paint on multiple future projects!
Another idea: Don’t paint the entire clay planter, only paint a small square on the side. Plant a flower or herb, like basil, and take a piece of chalk to label the square. Gift the pretty planter to a friend, grandma or your child’s teacher. I gifted Basil to two of my girlfriends who were testing out their cooking skills!
Tip: While waiting for each coat of paint to dry, wrap your paintbrush or roller in some foil. This will keep the brush/roller from drying out. Unwrap and dip in your paint and brush or roll on!
Another tip: Clay pots tend to soak up more water than other planters so keep that in mind when watering your basil or hyacinth plant!