(Closed) Chalkboard paint AKA show me your signs

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What about the chalkboard ‘markers’ ?  I kind of remember using them when working in Miami.  I think Crayola even makes some now. 

Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi- i don’t have images yet of our chalkboards but the guys who helped me make them had a horrible time with the spraypaint. We tried one brand from Michaels craft store and then finished with another from a hardware store (sorry i don’t have names).

When my boards were finished, they looked like chalkboards but we could not make mistakes as the surface was not like a regular chalkboard.

I strongly STRONGLY recommend only spraying one coat of paint on a day and letting it rest for 24 hours.

i also recommend that you finish what you are going to write on them way before the wedding. I waited and had 6 boards – my family was late on setup day so I ended up running out of time, we used maybe 3 boards at most and spent so much labor time making them I could blow my brains out! πŸ™‚ And they are so heavy I can’t even put them on ebay πŸ™

ps If I were you, I’d have posters printed at fedex kinkos and avoid this d.i.y project altogether. Mine looked great but between the labor time and the logistical crap, it was so not worth it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well, I know my Fiance painted a ‘chalkboard wall’ and he brush painted it on. (Careful, it will Never rinse off) And as far as chalk writing, you can do what the business use.  It’s called ‘Chalk Ink.’  You can find it at Michael’s.  It’s an awesome pen that helps you to write bold, bright colored letters.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a Florida bride as well. πŸ™‚ I actually did my chalkboard signs yesterday. It was really sunny and breezy up here. (North Florida)   I used glass inserts and they came out really great!

First, I spray painted them with white primer. The paint said if I was using glass I didn’t need to prime it, but I did anyway.

I then used the chalkboard paint that comes in a quart can from WalMart. It was $8. I used a sponge brush and painted 3 smooth coats on the glass. I barely used 1/4 of the chalkboard paint lol  Anyway..they came out smooth. No bubbles!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m adding a photo of mine. They started out as 8.5 x 11 inch document frames with unfinished wood edges (added to the country/rustic feel I’m going for). πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@LadySapphire: I’ve heard that the “paint on” chalkboard paint is much easier/more forgiving to work with then the spraypaint. My guys insisted the spraypaint would be better πŸ™ arrgh!!!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am so glad that I read this. I am going to do this, just got a sweet mirror at a thrift store yesterday, and now will be buying the paint on kind rather than the spray paint. Thanks!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Shitzu. I just bought the spray paint kind. I’m going to try it anyways this weekend and I’ll report back!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Vonnegut1105:

My apology for the xtra large image. I had 6 picture frames (free, major score) – here is an image of one stacked on another. We bought super flat plywood from home depot ( i think it was pine from Ecuador). As you can see, the wood grain showed and I actually liked that. I did not budget my time correctly and had to leave a family member to finish project – i had tons of cool chalk that we couldn’t find so we had only the “chalk markers” to use. My goal is to reuse these for other events and/or resell them. Note that the spraypaint was completely unforgiving, if one made a mistake, it had to be wiped down and then wait to try dry – the chalk just wouldn’t come up regardless of how smooth the surface was. Hope this helps, sorry so lengthy -I’m super caffeinated this morning.

Post # 14
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11279 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Vonnegut1105: How cool are they. Like those.

Post # 15
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Vonnegut1105: signs are darling and will have great resale value! πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@callmemargie:I’m so glad I read this too! I live in South Florida and I was thinking of making the chalkboard signs too. I’ve seen the “spray-on” kind in the spray paint isle ~ is the “roll-on” kind at the paint mixing station at the home depot / lowes stores? Or next to the stain products? Thanks! Anyone have feedback about using the roll on kind in high humidity?

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