Hello one and all! I’m so excited for another full year of awesome Monthly DIY Challenge projects! In case you’re new, here’s the dealio: on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, me and my amazingly talented blog friends and I create something based on a common theme and/or material. Sometimes we work with brands and sponsors, other times we don’t. Here are some of our recent challenge project materials: plumbing pieces, air dry clay, leather, Mod Podge, Sharpies, reclaimed wood and felt!! The first challenge of the year is chalkboard paint and I’m ever so pleased with how my project turned out 🙂
Chalkboards are super popular right now, and have been for the last few years. They give off that perfect rustic charm, which is perfect for a number of design styles, including farmhouse (think Jojo and Chip from Fixer Upper) to industrial, Scandinavian, and more. If you know me, you know that I can never have enough wall art in my house, so I decided to make a large DIY chalkboard wall art piece to hang on the wall.
DIY Chalkboard Wall Art Materials
– Chalkboard Paint or Chalkboard Spray Paint
– Paintbrush (if using liquid chalkboard paint)
– Piece of Board/Canvas
– White Chalk Marker/Paint Pen
– A Design in Mind
Paint your board or piece of canvas with chalkboard paint by following the instructions on the can. If you are in a rush, spray chalkboard paint also works pretty well and drys in a snap! With either paint, you may need to 2 coats to ensure even coverage.
Once your chalkboard paint is dry, “season” it by rubbing a piece of white chalk on the long side over the entire board. Smooth it out by rubbing it in with your hand for an aged chalkboard look.
Sketch out your design idea (in this case I used a quote and some laurel leaf wreaths) using a piece of regular chalk. If you don’t feel comfortable freehanding, you can always print out your design, rub chalk onto the back of the paper, lay down on your board, and trace the design with a pencil. This will leave faint chalk lines for you to follow!
Fill in your design with a chalk paint pen or chalk marker. Let dry. then use your hand again and rub away any of the original chalk outline that may be left over. Simple as that!
I decided to hang up my DIY chalkboard wall art up with my gold binder/art clips from another previous Monthly DIY Challenge. I just LOVE how it turned out! 🙂
It’s the perfect piece to go in our front living room! We are actually getting ready to sell our house and I was looking for a wall art piece that would fit on that wall. Who knew I had the materials to make it sitting at home with me this whole time??
It was a lot of fun practicing my hand-lettering. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s a start and I still think it turned out okay 🙂
This DIY chalkboard wall art just fits in so well with the design style of my front room, which is sort of a modern Scandinavian look. I just love me some classic black and white!
Now that you’ve seen my DIY chalkboard wall art, it’s time to check out all the other inspiring chalkboard paint projects! Just click on a photo below to see what they did 🙂
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Do you love the chalkboard trend?
Oh yes, I love this chalkboard trend! I had (and still have) a lot of ideas how to use the chalkboard paint, but I can’t find it in our stores. 🙁 Once, I tryed to use black tempera colour insted (not sure if tempera is a word you use in English), which was great for writing on with a white chalk, but it was hard to wipe the chalk down.
I love the chalkboard trend, too! That’s so sad you can’t find it in stores! I’ve heard that you can make your own with a DIY recipe – perhaps Pinterest will be able to help? We do have tempera paint here – good to know that chalk writes well on it! Thanks so much for stopping by, Maja – hope to hear from you again soon! 🙂
Love this, Erica! It looks perfect hanging in your living room. Your freehand is way better than mine too!
Thanks so much, Amy! And I don’t know about my freehand being better than yours! I still definitely have a long way to go lol