So originally I thought the box top could be repurposed into a wall hanging. My idea was to give the top a chippy paint look and then decoupage a nice vintage image in the middle. Then I also thought it would be a good project in making this top into a chalkboard hanging.
So I decided on doing 4 tops with the chalkboard idea.
Step one I sanded off all the rough edges on the top and sides.
Next I knew this raw pine needed a primer and I used Kylz2 latex primer.
I decided my paint color choices would be a chocolate brown with an off white top coat and the black chalkboard in the middle.
So after the primer had completely dried I applied the brown paint on all parts but the chalkboard area. Luckily it only needed one coat, Hooray for primer.
After the brown coat was dry I used a crackle medium in a few scattered spots and then also using a brush painted on some vaseline on a few more different spots.
Years ago I read somewhere that to achieve that chippy paint look to put some vaseline over the first coat of paint where you want the look of chipped paint. The vaseline will inhibit the second coat of paint from adhering. It's a bit messy but it's my technique of choice to get that look.
After preparing the brown paint for the old look I applied my off white paint. After the white paint had dried I used a damp rag and wiped off the paint where the vaseline was. Next used a sandpaper pad and lightly went over the painted area. Then applied a umber glaze with a brush and wiped it off with a rag and repeated until I was happy with the effect.
After the paint technique was finished I then did 3 coats of chalkpaint in the center using the FolkArt brand from Joann's
Add two pieces of chalk wrapped in twine and it was done.