DIY Chalkboards?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

They sell a chalkboard paint in spray can form. It’s what I’ve used I got it on super discount. They cover a lot and aren’t expensive at normal price. They also have it in regular paint form.

I got a cheap frame that I liked at Goodwill and am turning it into a chalkboard otherwise just pick up some plywood and paint it, add premade molding and you have yourself a chalkboard 🙂

Post # 4
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

DIY 🙂

 

We did our engagement signs:

 

Chalkboard paint like the user above mentioned and then chalk, but I like Chalk pens to get a crisp look.

if you use chalk pens chalk up your newly painted chalk sign and wipe it down. this helps.

 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve never used the regular paint. There is also a homemade version that seems pretty easy if you already have paint laying around. 

I’m sure with the menu board spray would work well and you won’t get paint stroke lines.

Post # 9
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789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@acfulhorst:  Good luck! Show us pics when you’re done

Post # 10
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I DIY’d quite a few chalkboards for our wedding…

For the big one I used an old window frame we conveniently had in a old barn; I bought matt board from Hobby Lobby for the backing and painted with Chalkboard paint from Walmart. It’s like $8 for a quart and will last awhile. Then I just followed the directions on the can…. I think it was 3 coats, and then you need to prepare the board by covering it with chalk and wiping it down.

I would recommend using plain chalk first, and then use a chalkboard marker over it if you want the crisper lines – in my experience the chalkboard markers didn’t erase as easy or at all.

This board below sits in our living room now. 🙂
I also did a bunch of smaller chalkboards with tin trays from the doller store/goodwill.

I would use a string when writing your letters to guide you straight across, I pulled up a font i liked on the computer and printed the alphabet as a guide.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I made a board by putting black cardboard paper from dollar tree (.50cent) behind and old pic from salvation army ($6) and buying an metallic craft marker ($1)from walmart. My calligraphy is bad but you get it. I’m going to print of some letters from MS Word and trace them like one of the PPs suggested. I plan to do the same for my seating chart, bar menu, program, and dinner menu. I’m also going to spray paint the frame white. The marker wipes off pretty easily, which is helpful when you need to correct something plans change.

 

 

Post # 13
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I used the paint, and if you decide to go that route buy a foam brush so you don’t end up with streak marks 🙂

I didn’t even know there was a spray paint!

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