How to Create an Inexpensive DIY Faux Chalkboard
by SJ Johnson
Open any home design magazine or visit any home decor blog, such as BelleMaison23.com, and you will find chalkboards used as functional art. Some wedding planners are even incorporating chalkboards into weddings by using them to display seating charts and menus. Now, you can create your own faux chalkboard for mere pennies.
The beauty of this craft is that you can create a chalkboard to fit whatever size you need, and it is lightweight enough to hang on your refrigerator or on any wall. Here are the simple instructions to create an inexpensive DIY faux chalkboard:
Black or Green Posterboard
Paint Sponges or Brushes
White or Colored Chalk
1. For this project, I used an inexpensive frame that I decided to paint silver. The first step is to remove the backing and glass to prepare the frame for painting.
2. Paint your frame. To add character, dimension and texture, use a sponge to dab on the paint.
3. As the frame is drying, work on your chalkboard. The easiest way to cut your posterboard to the correct size of your frame is to trace the glass from your frame onto your board using chalk.
4. Cut your posterboard to the size of the frame.
5. Figure out what you want to write on your faux chalkboard.
For a wedding, you can add romantic phrases, a menu, seating chart or quotes. Around the house, this chalkboard can display penmanship samples, initials or drawings. This is also a great opportunity to allow your children to exhibit their art.
6. Stencil or carefully write your phrase using chalk. You can add lines to give it an authentic schoolhouse look. If you make a mistake, remove the chalk by using a wet cotton swab to dab the area.
7. Place the faux chalkboard into the frame once the paint is dry.
It is optional whether you use the glass or not. I found that using the glass helps protect the image from smearing. If you have to transport the chalkboard, use the glass to protect the image.
Simple, inexpensive projects like this bring out the kid in all of us. You can use your new chalkboard to write anything from inspirational phrases to the evening's menu. Add it to a child's bedroom to allow your child to be
creative without damaging the walls. When the posterboard gets old and worn, simply throw it out and start over again.
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