Chalkboard Seating & Drinking Sign

I needed a gigantic chalkboard sign for the seating chart that is also serving as the drink tags. We're renting mason jars and each person will have one for the night for water or one of the specialty cocktails. Since I was striking out finding one, I did what any good DIY'er would do and made one. I headed to Michaels and grabbed one of these giant poster frames & my trusty dusty chalkboard paint. I coated the plastic "glass" on the front with about 3 coats of chalkboard paint. IMG_0303

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I also spray painted the black frame with Catalina Wine Mixer Blue.  After the chalk paint had totally hardened, I coated the chalk paint with real chalk to "season" the chalkboard. I wiped it off with a slightly damp washcloth and let it dry.

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Next step, since my handwriting is terrible, I decided to do this...

DIY Chalkboard Lettering Technique.

First, I came up with a design and wording that I liked on my computer using some free fonts that I have been loving and have that chalk vibe to them. The font names are Things We Said and Clementine Sketch. IMG_0637 (I know that the picture above has an extra "sit down", but I left it in case I wanted to center it).

Second, I coated the backside of the paper with regular dusty chalk and placed the paper chalk side down/word side up on the large chalkboard.

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I then used a pen to trace the words onto the large chalkboard, leaving an outline of the words on the large chalkboard. Slide1 Lastly, I filled in the chalk words with my trusty dusty chalk pens (except they are not dusty at all... hahahhaha). IMG_0594 The midway result: 20140519-224228.jpg

I stopped because even though LB thinks the size of the wording is fine, I think it is too small. I need people to actually read what is on the chalkboard, not for it to just look pretty. Even though the idea of doing this over again makes me furious a little annoyed, I'm gonna have to redo parts of it. Regardless, it's a pretty easy project even coming from someone who doesn't consider herself super artistic... especially if you are dealing with an 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 (aka, paper sizes that human, non-professional printers can work with).

What phrases could you "chalktrace"? I am loving the following reminders right now:

  • "Be still. Be Still and Know." - God
  • "We belong to each other." - Momastery
  • "love wins" - Momastery
  • "Wherever you are, be all there." - Jim Elliot
  • "Whatever is good for the soul, do that."
  • "I can do hard things."
  • "The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
  • "She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she'd always been."
  • "It is well with my soul." - God?
  • "Enough"
Whipperberry

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