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DIY Chalkboard Globe: Anthropologie Soapstone Knock Off

So I’ve been using chalkboard paint for the first time. The first project I wanted to do was to recreate the look and feel of a soapstone globe I saw on Anthropologie that cost $368. It would be great to have something so solid and raw sitting on the desk, but for my cheaper alternative I decided to use a normal globe I found at a book shop.

Chalkboard Globe DIY

Soapstone Anthropologie

Homemade Chalkboard Globe

Materials used: Plastic globe, black acrylic paint, chalkboard paint, brushes and chalk – not much really.

Chalk Globe

1. Step one was to paint the entire globe black including the blue stand. I wanted to have a basecoat to paint the chalkboard paint onto.

DIY Soapstone Chalkboard

2. After painting 2 coats of black acrylic, and 2 coats of chalkboard paint – I then conditioned the globe. This is done by crushing up some chalk and wiping it all over. This is when I tried to create the soapstone texture, by wiping the chalk dust horizontally around the globe.

DIY Globe Chalk Paint

Chalkboard Globe DIY

3. Since it was sitting on my desk, I ended up using it as a basic weekly to-do calendar 🙂

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March 1, 2013 in DIY, Home Office, Made By HtA

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10 Responses to DIY Chalkboard Globe: Anthropologie Soapstone Knock Off

  1. Laurie March 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Wow, fantastic job – it looks great! And you made it seem so easy 🙂 Did you paint the stand chalkboard too or just the globe itself?

    • Jacob March 11, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      Hey Laurie

      (You have a lovely Etsy shop by the way). I painted the stand just with acrylic black, not with the chalkboard paint.

  2. Dawn Renee' March 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Very cool! Had to pin this for the world to see-bad pun intended! Would love to follow your blog via email if that is an option. Love the inspiration.

    • Jacob March 11, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      Hey Dawn, thanks for sharing and the kind words. I’ve just set up the RSS feed – it is up on the sidebar – hope that helps. – Jacob

  3. Yvonne @ Dress This Nest April 5, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Such a cute idea and ENDLESS possibilities of use. I am pinning this right now.

    • Jacob April 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Thanks Yvonne. I’m liking your site..

  4. Marlene @ Jade and Fern May 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Love it!

    • Jacob May 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      Thanks Marlene..

  5. Schuyler September 7, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    I’m about to start a similar project. I’m just worried that the paint will chip so easily. What do you suggest to prevent that from happening?

    • Jacob September 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      Hi Schuyler,

      I haven’t had any problems with chipping. What I did was paint 2-3 coats of the chalkboard paint.