Chalk board art is some of the most creative and prominent on pinterest these days... and I can totally see why; it's so much fun! Maybe it's because it's so forgiving; just erase any mistakes, and start over. Well this week I have fun not only creating chalkboard artwork, but chalk boards themselves. As usual, I'm reaching into my big stack of flea market finds to create a one of a kind DIY project with a vintage twist ;D
OK, for me this all started with this barn wood I found at a flea market some weeks ago. I had no idea at the time, but knew I had to rescue it! The final inspiration came from my favorite Cuban restaurant, when they changed their menu and presented it on a pretty black board with ribbon trim. I knew immediately what I wanted to do (I actually sketched it on my phone right there at dinner!) So let's dive in!
Step 1: Cut the pieces
After a good cleaning, and light sanding, I used a table saw to cut down the barn wood into 3 strips about 2 inch wide, 24 inch long. I have a limited supply of this wood, so it really dictated the overall size of my message board. The third strip then gets cut in half so there are 4 pieces total. The ends of each of these strips then get a miter cut (45 degree angle) so they fit together as a frame.
For the chalkboard, cut down a 1/4 thick piece of particle, press, or hard board to fit the frame... and sand the edges smooth.
Step 2: Paint and prep
With the frame cut out, it's time to assemble! I like to use V nails to hold the frame together temporarily, 2 in each corner. I then used a brush on wax to coat the top side of the wood, leaving the back uncoated to allow it to breath.
The chalkboard gets a few coats of chalkboard paint, with a light sanding in between.
Step 3: Assemble and finish
Now it's time to put it all together! Grab some brackets, fabric, and your power drill... The chalkboard goes on top of the frame, using a strong adhesive to secure it in place. And to finish off the look, take a small piece of fabric (or leather) to create that "photo corner" look. Once you like the placement, use the bracket to mark and drill pilot holes in your frame. Attach the brackets, and you're ready to create a masterpiece ;D
I used mine to create a Thanksgiving menu! I can just picture it on the buffet with serving dishes all around... And so could you, because these boards are now available in my etsy shop!
OK, that's all for now; on to the next project! Want to know what it is? Follow me on twitter for sneak peeks and updates! If you're just looking for DIY inspiration, stayed tuned @ dawntoussaint.com for more on my DIY projects through the summer! If you're looking to get some of the items you've seen here, on twitter, or on my boards, check out my etsy shop!