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As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am not a very crafty person. However, I really enjoy the chalkboard trend I’ve seen all over Pinterest. Before our Mother’s Day get-together yesterday, I decided to try to personalize a beverage tub I was bringing for our Cokes. I thought I’d try a chalkboard finish and see what I could do!
Chalkboard beverage tub
Here are the supplies needed for this project:
- A solid color beverage tub. I got a white one for about $20, but you can find all different colors.
- Chalkboard spray paint. I chose spray paint, but I suppose you could also use regular chalkboard paint.
- Painters tape
Start with a plain beverage tub and decide how much of it you would like to paint. My tub had a couple raised lines around it, so I decided to paint everything below the lines with the chalkboard paint.
Step 1: Tape
Use painters tape to cover all areas of the tub you do not want to paint. You may want to cover the handles as well to make sure they do not get any paint on them. Important: Firmly press along the edge that will be along the paint. You will notice in the photo below that I didn’t do a great job of this, and I ended up with paint under the tape.
Step 2: Prepare
Set up in a well-ventilated room, or even better, set up outside. Turn the tub over and place it on something to raise it off the ground. I just used two old boxes.
Step 3: Paint
Determine which way the wind is blowing so that you don’t blow the paint onto yourself or something else nearby. Apply 2 coats following the directions on the can of paint.
Remove the tape before the paint completely dries and wipe away any excess that has seeped below the tape.
Let the paint dry for the amount of time indicated on the paint can.
Step 4: Chalk
“Season” the chalkboard surface by covering it with chalk and wiping it away.
Step 5: Write
Write what you would like on the tub. I chose to do our initial ‘W’, but you can really put anything.
Step 6: Fill and enjoy!
I was supposed to bring cans of Coke to our get-together, so I went to Sam’s Club and picked up a 32-pack of Share A Coke cans. They were located in the soft drinks aisle.
The Share A Coke cans have nicknames on the side and I thought they would be fun for the party!
DIY project thoughts
I don’t think I did too bad of a job on this project. Everyone at our get-together really seemed to like it. However, as you can see in the photo above, the chalk looks great until you fill the tub with ice. I hadn’t thought about the condensation on the sides. If you have any ideas about how to deal with that, let me know. Maybe a chalk pen might work better?