Here at WoodUbend, we love going thrifting. Normally, we are on the look-out for unloved pieces of furniture. But every so often we come across small pieces that are great for quick, beginner projects.
This garden sign is a functional chalk board, safe for outdoor and indoor use!
Preparing the WoodUbend Chalk Sign
To begin this project, we cleaned the wooden plank using water and a rag. When applying chalk board paint, you want to make sure that your surface is as smooth as possible. Cleaning the wood helped to remove any dust that could cause texture under the surface. Then, we taped off the wood using masking tape. We wanted to create a rectangular chalk board on the plank, so the tape ensured crisp, straight lines.
Next, we applied the chalk board paint. We applied several layers of the paint, drying the paint thoroughly between layers with a heat gun. If you use chalk board paint with the intention of using it as a chalkboard (as it can make a fantastic, matt look by itself) multiple layers help to ensure the longevity of the chalk board. It means you can write, wipe, and write again without removing too much of the paint!
When the paint dried, we removed the tape.
Applying Posh Chalk Textured Metallic Paste to the WoodUbend Chalk Sign
We wanted this board to be a WoodUbend sandwich project. What we mean is we wanted 3 layers. The first, the rectangular chalk board section. Second, we wanted the WoodUbend trim, and third we wanted the Posh Chalk Textured Metallic Pearl While Paste.
So, we reapplied tape to the wood, but this time we placed the tape on the chalk paint. We were going to apply Posh Chalk Textured Metallic Paste, so the tape made sure we did not accidentally apply paste over the chalk paint. Posh Chalk Textured Metallic Paste is infused with Swarovski Crystals to add texture and that bit of glamour to the thick, versatile paste. It is ideal for creating a sense of elegance on vintage style projects can be used for impressive diamond effects with a shiny finish. They are of the highest quality, with high adhesion to all surfaces.
We stippled this onto the surface of our wood. The paste has an almost translucent glow, that shimmers when it hits the light. The beautiful paste is also self-sealing, and so is suitable for outdoor use. You can browse the full range of textured pastes here.
Preparing the WoodUbend
To compliment the shimmering colour of the Pearl White Posh Chalk Metallic Paste, we selected copper Posh Chalk Metallic Pigment to paint our WoodUbend Trim TR708. This would sit between the Pearl White paste and the black chalk paint.
First, we measured our WoodUbend trim against the wood plank to cut the trim to the size. To do this, we heated the coiled trim. When heated, WoodUbend bends. This means the trim can be unravelled to allow the user to measure it against surfaces. When we were happy with the length, we simply tore the trim. Again, when the WoodUbend is warm it is easy to cut, tear, or stretch.
When using WoodUbend, you can pre-paint the mouldings or trims with Posh Chalk products because they are all self-sealing. This means that the colours will withstand the heat needed when applying WoodUbend.
To turn Posh Chalk Metallic Pigment into a liquid, we used Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor. We spooned a small amount into a plastic dish and used a pipette to apply a controlled amount of Infusor.
The powdered pigment is what sets this fantastic product apart from other, premixed ones on the market. Mixing it with the Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor allows the user complete control over the consistency of the product in its liquid state. For example, you can create a highly pigmented paste for full coverage applications, or you can create a pigmented liquid wash to add gentle sparkle to any surface.
Because we wanted to paint our entire WoodUbend trim using the pigment, we created a paste like consistency for a full coverage application. The copper pigment is stunning and shines almost rose gold in the light.
Applying the WoodUbend Trim TR708
The TR708 is part of the 3rd generation of WoodUbend. The 3rd Generation WoodUbend are our strongest and most flexible generation yet. The revolutionary designs are crisper and more detailed, and the footprint of the mouldings has been designed for better adhesion to surfaces with less glue expulsion in hard-to-reach areas. Also, due to its incomparable density, it holds its heat for longer. This gives the user more opportunity to position it before it cools.
When applying WoodUbend, you should follow the 5 steps of application.
Step 1: Heat your moulding use a heat gun, hair dryer, or griddle. When heated, the moulding will bend!
Step 2: Apply a good quality wood glue to the footprint of the moulding. Spread the glue over the entire surface using a paint brush or your finger.
Step 3: Press the moulding onto your desired surface. Wipe away any excess glue with water, a baby wipe, or a Q-tip.
Step 4: Reheat the moulding using a heat gun or a hair dryer.
Step 5: Press the moulding again. You want to see glue being expelled from under the moulding. This is a sign of good adhesion to the surface. Again, you can wipe away excess glue.
Mitering the WoodUbend
Since we are creating a frame for the chalk sign, we had to mitre the WoodUbend trim after applying it.
Mitring is the process where you cut WoodUbend trims to create seamless joints. You can learn more here.
We lay the corners on top of each other and heat them. This makes it easier to cut. When they are warm enough, we cut diagonally across the corner. This cuts the top and bottom layers of the trims. When you remove these pieces, the trims fall perfectly and seamlessly into place!
The finished result is elegant and fun! It is a perfect decoration for your home or garden and can make a great gift for a loved one. This project is easy, simple, and quick. We hope this inspires you to make something similar at home!
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