|Today I thought that I would share with you all how I created our dining room chalkboard.|
|It all started with this 24x36 frame. I knew it would be perfect for the wall in the dining room.|
|Mr. Front Porch and I cut down a piece of scrap plywood that was out in the garage and then I painted it with chalkboard paint. I applied four coats with a foam brush.|
|Next up I seasoned the board by rubbing chalk on it and then rubbing it off with a paper towel.|
|My original plan was to use chalkboard printouts to save on time but as you can see that did not turn out so well. All was not lost though. To create my print outs I used a tutorial from Lucy over at Craftberry Bush. Mind you she did not say that they would make great print outs. I was just hoping they would. I had these printed at Staples. The Staples employee told me that they have a hard time getting the chalkboard graphics to print out properly so it is a hit or miss most of the time. Instead of throwing the print outs away he only charged me for one which was nice of him because I knew I could make use of them by using the old school transfer method.|
|After rubbing chalk on the back I flipped the graphic back over and used painters tape to secure it to the plywood chalkboard.|
|When tracing I always like to use a colored pen so I can see where I have traced already. Make sure you trace with a firm hand.|
|I used the smaller tip chalkboard marker to outline the words. I found it was easier to work from bottom to top so I would not be brushing any of the chalk off with my arm and hand as I went along.|
|Next up I filled in with the wide tip chalk marker.|
|Now it is not perfect but chalkboards are not meant to look perfect. I highly recommend chalk markers. I do not see how you could possibly make a large chalkboard without the chalk markers. They do not brush off but have to be removed with a damp cloth which is a major plus.|
This project cost me just $3.50 I think it was for the print outs from Staples and then approximately $4 per chalk marker. I still have plenty left in them for the next chalkboard. I already had the chalkboard paint on hand but I believe it is $9 a can at Lowes. It is a relatively inexpensive project but I will warn you a chalkboard project of this size takes time. From start to finish it took me 2 hours. I made mine after my men were all in bed!:)
Now that the chalkboard is completed I am ready to start on the next dining room project-seating!
Completed dining room space can be seen here.
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