chalkboards are everywhere right now. it’s definitely a hot trend and one i was glad to jump on board with!
i love the utilitarian look of them and how they can fill a room with a message.
after seeing a post on how to make one, on one of my favorite blogs (check it out, this girl has style! mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com), i decided to give it a go and make one myself.
to my surprise, it was pretty easy. it took about an hour.
here’s what you’ll need…
1. chalkboard (you can purchase pre-made chalkboard in the lumber section at Home Depot, and have it cut to any size. or just use a piece of mdf or any piece of wood and chalkboard spray paint by rustoleum)
3. chalk eraser or cloth
5. ball point pen
6. chalk pen (optional)
no. this does not mean put salad dressing all over your chalkboard. it’s to fill all of the microscopic holes with dust powder, so that when you go to erase it for the next time, it doesn’t leave the message behind. i have no idea where or when i learned that or if that is even correct. that’s just what i’ve been telling myself. In some cases (or most), your message might still be visible. oh well, i season my mine anyways, because i like the white, cloudy, used look it gives the chalkboard. (feel free to skip this step. it’s a personal preference)
to season your chalkboard, use a piece of chalk on its side and rub back and forth, covering the whole surface. then wipe the chalk away with an eraser or cloth.
(clearly, i forgot to take a picture of my original piece of paper. oops.)
there are many printable quotes on the internet. Pinterest is a great source. i found mine on the blog: mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com. or you can create your own with a program like Microsoft word, or any word processor.
once you’ve decided on the best quote, print it out on regular 8×10 computer paper.
i took my quote to Kinko’s and asked for a ‘drafting copy.’ you could also take it to Staples, Office Depot, any place that has a big copy machine. pretty much just ask them to enlarge it to the size you would like. it might be the easiest to measure the size of the chalkboard and give the salesperson those measurements and they can enlarge it to that size.
using the chalk on it’s side (just like when we were seasoning the chalkboard) rub chalk all over the back of the paper. you won’t be able to see the chalk, but just keep rubbing and make sure to cover all of the letters.
after you’ve rubbed chalk all over the back side of the paper, flip your quote over and tape it to the chalkboard, quote side up.
(side note: do you notice the cute lil’ footprint in the middle? my son managed to photobomb this pic!)
take a ball point pen and trace the letters of the quote. making sure to press down firmly. this step will transfer the quote to the chalkboard.
peel back the paper a little, to make sure the quote transferred. it will be faint, but still visible.
after all of the quote has been transferred, use a piece of chalk or a chalk pen and trace the quote on the chalkboard (jonesdesigncompany.com has a great post on different types of chalk!).
and viola’! you’re done and you have a great piece of chalkboard art to display in your home, or give as a gift, or for a party.
clearly, the uses are endless.
come have some coffee with me tomorrow morning as i tour another cute little old house in old towne orange for house tour tuesday!