Sunday, September 8, 2013

I Big Puffy Heart Overhead Projectors

I have finally put some of my secondhand scores to use. It is a project that has me so inspired to come up with more to do!

Back in June I scored an overhead projector off of craigslist for $30.
Doesn't it kind of look like Johnny 5
from the movie Short Circuit?
I'll admit it has been sitting since just waiting to be used.  I finally used it and I am IN LOVE!

It has to do with this large framed artwork I got just the other week for $1.50.
It is not a canvas painting--it is a print on hardboard. Here's how I made it into a chalkboard with an added touch...

Step 1: Separate the frame from the artwork.

Step 2: Paint the frame with two coats of paint color of your choice mixed into homemade chalk paint, once dry distress with sanding sponge.

Step 3: Paint two coats of homemade chalk paint in black right over the daisy picture.  

Step 4: Once dry, season the chalkboard with a big piece of white sidewalk chalk.  It made quick work and I only needed to use one piece of chalk.  

Step 5: Wipe the board down and then put it back into the frame. 
Step 6: Download this awesome menu font from The Graphics Fairy and have it printed on transparency paper at Staples for $.99 (plus tax).  

Step 7: Set the projector up and project the image onto the chalkboard to the desired size and area.

Step 8: Be totally surprised at just how easy and quick it was to trace the word! I loved every second of it. If I made a mistake I just wet my finger and wiped off the chalk--no biggie!  

Step 9: After tracing the word, color in the thicker parts. I was done in 15 minutes.

Here it is!
I really can't believe I did that or how easy it really was. In my mind I thought this was much harder to do. It is a chalkboard and it doesn't need to be perfect so I just went for it and I love it!
I can't wait to use the projector on more projects!

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  1. Oh my, I can see the the possibilities would be endless. Love the Menu script!

  2. Thanks for the idea. I bought an overhead projector at a flea market in the spring. I wasn't sure where I would get transparencies and now you've told me.

  3. Guess what I just searched for on my craigslist! So many ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. this is fantastic. I'm so going to find a projector! I love the colors you used.

  5. This looks SO great. Great idea and thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

  6. Great job, Susan! I love that Menu graphic and have used it myself. Great score on getting a projector, too. I've read on other blogs where it can be a big help on doing images on walls and furniture.

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! : )

  7. I love the graphic and the idea of using the overhead projector.

  8. Ooh guess I'm going to be stalking overhead projectors on craislist now! ;) What a great idea, and it turned out beautifully! I popped over from Give Me the Goods-- thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  9. Terrific! I wouldn't have thought to use an overhead projector. You did a fabulous job! I am visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday and am a new follower of yours. I wold love for you to stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit and to follow along if you like. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  10. Wow, I love it! You did a great job on this..... You are so very talented!

  11. Ok now I need to get me a projector! looks fantastic, imagine using it to decorate for the next holidays!
    Thank You for sharing at the Fluster Buster Party! come join us again next week! Lizy

  12. This is great! I just finished a large framed chalkboard that we will be using at our wedding. I tried out the transfer technique with chalk being rubbed on the back of a printed sheet of paper and then flipped it over and traced over with a pencil - worked great. Our menu is realllllly big though so I may have to use the other technique for smaller frames and use our projector for the menu - not a bad idea to put our menu all together in photoshop and then take it to Staples to have it printed, great tip! I love the graphic you used from the Graphics Fairy :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  13. Wow, this looks amazing. Love the "menu" on it too! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  14. Great idea! That looks fantastic! My husband is a teacher..I am thinking of borrowing of his overhead for some project now :) Thank you so much for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays..have a great weekend!

  15. I love it! I just shared a post this week about making a chalkboard out of an old oval mirror and I traced the letters onto the board too. I didn't have an overhead projector...boy it sure would have been easier if I had!
    I love chalkboard paint!

  16. Fabulous idea! I love all these chalkboard paint ideas, and yours helps me to write in a really beautiful font! Love it!
    I found you through the Craft Frenzy Friday Link Party where I have the following projects linked; Spooky Halloween Card and Subway Art Printable, would love it if you'd stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  17. What a great find, you will get so much use out of it! LOVE your chalkboard and the font is so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  18. Another great transformation, Susan! Very creative. I really love the after. Chalk paint is so fun!
    Thank you for sharing at Brag About It this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  19. I have been wanting to try this, yours turned out so great, now I really need to try it!!

    Thank you for linking up to my Furniture & Paint Party! Hope to see you again soon.


  20. Hi Susan,
    Visiting from The Graphics Fairy. Beautiful transformation. I, too, will now be scouring CL for an overhead projector. Great inspiration. Now following your blog. Hope you'll come visit me at and say hello.

  21. Love, love, love this! I need to add an overhead projector to my wish list! So cute! Thanks for linking up at Get Your DIY On! Hope to see you back with your thrifty Halloween projects on Sunday at 7 pm EST! Enjoy your weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  22. This turned out really cute, Susan! I would just LOVE to score one of those projectors one day!!! It would change crafting as I know it :) I'm excited to be your 200th follower! :) SO glad you found my blog!

    xo Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas

  23. 3M Overhead Projector Model 213 3M 78-6969-9672-3 ENX Lamp model HA6000-R, 360W/82V


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