Post # 1
In case anyone else loves the look of chalkboards and is considering using them for their wedding, I thought I’d share two successful DIY chalkboard projects!
The small “Here Comes the Bride” sign is actually just a wood sign bought at Dollarama painted in black acrylic paint and written on using a chalk marker. I cut off the chain that was originally on it and replaced it with twine.
The large Photobooth sign is a 2’x3′ piece of MDF painted with actual chalkboard paint, but also written on with a chalkboard marker.
(I also did our table numbers as mini chalkboard signs (they look awesome) but will have to share that later when I get a photo of them.)
(Note: You may recognize elements of the photobooth sign – gotta love Pinterest!)
Post # 3
Great idea! I can’t believe how hard it is to find chalkboards – I’ll have to get some of that paint.
Post # 4
Yeah, it saves so much time to just make your own chalkboards!
I decided to use the ‘chalk’ marker instead of chalk, though, since it’s much less difficult to rub off. The end result may be permanent, but at least you don’t run the same risk of your items getting smudged throughout the night in the same way.– With that, you don’t even need chalkboard paint – just a regular black paint!
Post # 7
Ahh..gives me inspiration!
Post # 8
@baileyryan12: Ooh, so glad – it’s super easy! I got the marker from Michael’s, but they’re easy enough to find at other craft stores too.
Post # 9
piece of MDF…. this may be an awful question, but what is that?!
i would LOVE to make our own – buying and finding them has been such a difficult task, oddly enough!
Post # 10
@wifegoodman: MDF is a type of board, like plywood. I know all about it, I use to work at Lowe’s, they use it for underlayment on floors.
Post # 11
It’s an inexpensive option when you need a wide surface for a project (like this). A quick Wiki search brought up this explanation of MDF:
“Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much more dense than normal particle board.”
I was lucky enough to have an uncle who could cut it to the right size, but often the hardware stores do that for you if you ask 🙂
Post # 12
They look great! I just got a chalk marker at Michael’s the other day to DIY some little chalkboard signs myself! Woot!
Post # 13
@SuperDuperBrit: Woot indeed! Enjoy! The marker didn’t really rub off completely once I’d drawn with it, so I’d advise to be super careful and try to do it right the first time – just in case.