Wood, picture frame, or other item to transform
Chalkboard paint, cloth, or contact paper
It’s always fun to make a new chalkboard sign for your house but now it’s even easier. Chalkboard paint used to be the only way to make a chalkboard at home but now you have other choices. Easier than chalkboard paint, the cloth, or contact paper, gives you a true chalkboard look. Just think: no mess, no paint smell – it’ll be a breeze to make one. And, if you make it for your kitchen, it can become a cute bar sign, a sign that announces what’s for dinner, or a sign that offers other kitchen news. Light the sign and it will be even more spectacular.
The first thing that you have to do is to decide what to turn into a chalkboard. That thing could be a piece of wood, a picture frame, a piece of cardboard, or something else. Since the paint, cloth, or chalkboard contact paper covers nearly anything, you can turn an old object into a new chalkboard.
You can always choose chalkboard paint if that’s what you want. Otherwise, consider chalkboard cloth; you can buy it online and it is simply glued to the chosen item. Another choice is chalkboard contact paper, and it’s especially quick and easy. Simply cut a piece to fit the item that you’re making into a chalkboard. Peel just a few inches of the backing off, position the contact paper on the object, and smooth it down. Continue peeling just a little more of the backing, and smoothing the paper onto the object’s surface, until you work your way from one end to the other.
A chalkboard made from a piece of wood can be simply screwed to the wall. A cardboard sign can be taped with double-sided tape. A picture chalkboard can be hung like a regular picture. After the chalkboard is in place, hang the lighting, and the cool sign will be finished.
Christmas lights work perfectly to highlight the chalkboard sign. Plug them in and frame the chalkboard with them. Undo the bulbs that go up the wall so that they don’t light up. It’s helpful to use a strip of tape – matched to the color of the wall – to conceal the lights that go up the wall.
Write what you want to on the new chalkboard. The board can announce cocktail hour, the supper menu, kids’ schedules, or other kitchen news. Now, take the leftover paint, paper, or cloth, and make coordinating chalkboard kitchen things, like dishes or place mats. It’ll create a fabulous look across the kitchen.