10 Minute Projects: Porcine Chalkboard

If you’re a red-blooded American, you have a certain place in your fat-laden heart for bacon. If you a crafty minx you find awesome new craft products, like chalkboard spraypaint, and look for possible applications. I’m both, so when I came across this poor porcine cutout wall hanging in the Homegoods clearance for under $10, I knew I had a winning combination of cute, clever, and crafty, which as luck would have it is how the boyfriend describes me. 🙂

Let’s get down to business. This little piggy had some problems, first it was covered in pink polkadots for reasons that I simply do not understand.
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Second, its poor little tail was broken (hence the clearance bin). When painted this will add character and not show the Masonite underneath.
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I was OK with these problems, because at $8 the price was right.
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I nabbed the spraypaint on the way home, unfortunately I went to Lowe’s and their only option was Valspar, which I have had problems with in the past, but I knew the project was simple and moved on.

Here’s a before shot on my cheapie dollar store tablecloth… I mean drop cloth.
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Here’s how things looked into the first coat. The coverage on this paint is pretty thin, so you could still see the polkadots. The can suggested 2 coats.
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Pro Tip: This spraypaint involved lots of shaking to get even consistency. When it gets spotty, stop and shake or you get a totally uneven finish. It also spits when you start spraying, so spray off the surface at first to avoid an unwanted splatter effect.

After the 2nd, the dots were still visible.
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I applied a 3rd thin coat to get my final product, shown here.
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I waited for 30 minutes. It was dry to the touch, but chalk didn’t take well.
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Pro Tip: Even though the can says 30, wait 45 minutes. Not waiting the full time means the chalk will scrape and dent your surface.

After a good 45 minutes I was able to use my chalk, but only on the front half. I had done some touchup on his back end that was still in that magical not quite wet or dry.
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Then I hid him in plain sight for the boyfriend to find. His clue was  that I “left him a message”.
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I think he’s a cheery way to welcome people and would also do well as a “What’s Cookin'” sign or for a whimsical message board. What do you think?
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Cost:
Pig Wall Art- $8.00
Chalkboard Spraypaint- $4.88
Chalk (white)12 pk- $.78
Chalk (colored) 12 pk- $.78
Bottom Line: $14.44

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