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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to Make Chalkboard Garden Bricks

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Make Chalkboard Garden Bricks 

Chalkboard Garden Bricks

Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1:

Prep your glass bricks by getting them clean with rubbing alcohol. Make sure all labels are removed.
Prepped Glass Bricks

Step 2: 

Decide where you want the base color of paint. Tape off the area that will be bare glass with FrogTape® Multi-Surface and burnish the tape carefully around the ridges and curves.
Burnished tape

Step 3:

Paint the first color, use 2 thin layers. Use an exterior 2 in 1 latex paint and primer so you don't have to prime the surface first.
Painted brick- first coat

Step 4:

Remove the tape after painting the second layer. FrogTape® Multi-Surface can actually be removed after the paint is touch dry if you'd prefer.
First paint color

Step 5:

After it's had 3 days to cure, apply FrogTape® Multi-Surface to mask off where you want the chalkboard surface.
Masked for chalkboard surface

Step 6:

Using a dark exterior flat or matte paint, paint the chalkboard surface. Flat or matte paint has enough tooth to mark on with chalk, and an exterior paint will handle weather better than chalkboard paint.
Painted with chalkboard color

Step 7:

Remove the tape, let dry for 3 days then put it out in your garden.
Bricks-final

I plan to use these bricks to tell when the last time my beds were watered. If it's raining, and the the bricks are too wet to write on, they don't need to be watered. Latex paint can peel off of glass, and one of the things I loved about using the FrogTape® Multi-Surface is that it didn't peel up the first layer of paint when I went to put on the second color. It will work on all sorts of surfaces, including glass.
The other thing I love about the FrogTape® line is the PaintBlock® Technology. What's that mean? It means super clean lines. The tape has a polymer in it that's activated by latex paints to create a seal that gives just the cleanest edges. As long as you make sure that's it's burnished down properly so there are no gaps, you will get a gorgeous edge with no little jagged areas that need to be cleaned up.
Check out more great projects using FrogTape® - FrogTape how-to
Also, follow @FrogTape on Twitter for great ideas, tips, projects and inspiration. Then look at the things around you and decide what might look great with some creative painting!
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