Sunday, August 5, 2012

Chalk Talk - DIY Studio Chalkboard

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This week, I finally joined the chalkboard craze that's been going on for oh, I don't know...probably the last  twenty or so,years. I'm not one to rush into things...this could just be a passing fad...you know...like cable television.  Yeah, we don't have that, either...never have. Before you mock me, I hear that there are two other families in North America that don't have cable either.




In keeping with my philosophy of "Go BIG or go home", this chalk board is twelve feet long!


I have a Chalk Talk Pinterest Board that I used for inspiration which you're welcome to use. It contains several good examples of chalk typography. Check it out!  Once you decide what you want to write, simply sketch it out and fill it in. I did the shading with my fingertip and the outlining with a fresh piece of chalk.







Materials: 

  • Clear Pine 1x12x12 (or shorter if you don't have a huge wall to fill) Purchased at Lowes or Home Depot
  • Pine 1x2 for the edge Purchased at Lowes or Home Depot
  • Small trim for the space where the 1x12 meets the board Purchased at my local Ace Hardweare
  • Latex Primer (I used Kilz purchased at Menards)
  • Chalk Board Paint (I used Rustoleum. Purchased at Ace Hardware)
  • Chalk (I used Crayola white. Purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. It's soft and easy to write with.)

Directions:

Build the chalkboard by adding the edge detail and trim to the 1x12. Prime the writing surface with primer. Sand and then apply three coats of chalk board paint. Sand well between each coat to ensure a smooth writing surface. I brushed on the first two coats and then used a small, short nap roller for the final coat. Allow the board to dry for at least 12 hours. Coat the writing surface with chalk. Erase the chalk. Write! That's it. Easy Peasy!

If you'd like to "set" the chalk, the internet recommends lightly spraying it with aerosol hairspray. Mine won't be around long enough to worry about it....I'm already planning what I'm going to write next!

xo,




Kimberly
 Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Coastal Charm
Craft O Maniac
DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo
My Turn (for us)
Not Just a Housewife
Primitive and Proper
Savvy Southern Style
The Brambleberry Cottage
Uncommon

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