Hey everyone! We’ve been working like busy little bees unpacking all of our boxes, putting things away and making this new house our home. As a creative person sometimes the mess of unpacking and long days where I don’t get to do anything creative drives me nuts and I need just a little break in the monotony. I decided that a quick little project would give me a good aside from all the organizing and would help us feel a little more settled in at the same time.
Inspired by one of my favorite songs I created these adorable side by side faux chalkboard panels. I say faux chalkboard because I fixed mine so that the chalk cannot be erased.
The large panels take up just the right amount of space on the wall in our breakfast nook, I love the way they turned out. These panels were super easy to create even though I have horrible handwriting! I promise you could make your own too! Check out the tutorial below…
To make your own panels you will need..
-1-2 picture frames with chipboard or mdf backings. (I bought mine at Michael’s during a bogo sale)
-Chalk paint in black.
I’m going to be using a smaller frame as an example for the purposes of this tutorial.
First you’ll want to discard the glass or plastic that came with your frame and paint the entire front of the chipboard backing with the black chalk paint.
Next you’ll need to let the backing dry completely. The rub the side of the chalk over the surface of the “chalkboard” backing.
Next you will need to use a wet towel to erase the chalk. This will give your chalkboard a “lived in” look.
Then comes the fun a easy part! I wanted a more industrial look for my panels so I chose a black lettering style of stencils ( these are cardstock stencils from Hobby Lobby and are litterally the cheapest stencils ever). Place your stencils where you want your lettering, washi tape can help you hold the stencils in place without damaging your chalkboard.
To draw your letters you’ll want to draw around the edge of the stencil.
Then, scribble chalk in the center and draw heavier on one side of the letter, that will add a little bit of depth to your lettering.
After you finish your lettering you will want to fix the chalk so that your pretty chalkboard art will stay nice and crisp.
There are two ways to fix the chalk art, you can use a fixative spray found at art supply stores- it’s used to fix chalk pastels etc. Or you can use hairspray which will do the exact same thing. Just hold your hairspray about 12-18 inches away from your panels and give them a nice light spray. and voila! You did it, you made your very own chalkboard art.
Thank you for checking in on my latest project, we have a ton of projects underway. Join us on this little journey as we make our house a home!