We’ve discussed the cool things you can do with chalkboards, and Travis and I are incorporating a few of them into our wedding decor. But rather than buying them, we’re making them ourselves!
I didn’t realize it before, but chalkboards can be expensive!! So we did what we’ve been doing with almost every aspect of the wedding: we got crafty.
Here’s how we made a chalkboard of our own:
First, we bought this poster frame at a Japanese discount home goods store for $5. We like the dark frame (and who cares if it’s faux-wood?) and it has a pretty sturdy backboard. We removed the plastic panel (which is supposed to be like glass and protect whatever poster you put in it) and unhinged the backboard.
Note: The backboard is smooth, which is why this project worked. If you try this yourself, make sure you’re working with a smooth surface (otherwise, replace it with one.)
We bought a can of chalkboard spray paint, also $5. We chose this for two reasons: it’s cheaper than a quart of chalkboard paint ($12) and it allows for a quick, easy, mess-free application.
I took the backboard outside, sprayed it with the paint until it was evenly coated, and left it to dry for about an hour. Then, I did another coat.
I put the new-and-improved backboard into the frame, and we had our chalkboard for $10!
How’d we do? Have you ever used chalkboard paint (or spray paint!) before? How’d it turn out?