Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs

I love my temporary chalkboard wall. It is easy to change up every two or three months when I want something different.

Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs
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The beauty of this chalkboard wall is that it is not a wall at all. It is actually a thin piece of lauan that I painted with chalkboard paint and that I attach with Command adhesive picture hangers. It makes it so easy to change out the message and is much smoother to write on than on bumpy wall painted with chalkboard paint.
Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs
To letter my chalkboard SIMPLY, i.e. I don't print something off and copy it on the board, I start with a sketch. This is not to scale, but gives me a general idea of where I want my lettering to be. It is easier to change it with paper and pencil than with chalk. I then find the middle point on the sketched sign so I have a general idea where to write on the chalkboard.
Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs
I then use a yardstick to put a little dot in the middle of the chalkboard. I like to draw a frame around it typically. I keep a wet rag nearby for do-overs.
Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs

I sketch the lettering out, not adding the flourishes or thicker lines. I use the yardstick as straight edge, but I don't draw a line on the chalkboard. I chose Rise and Grind because rising and shining has not been happening this cold, long February without a whole lot of bean grinding.

When the wording is good (sometimes it takes a few tries), I then add the extras--the tails and dots and extra lines. It is not perfect, but I embrace imperfection--it keeps it real. 
Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs
I "click" the command adhesive strips back together and hang the "wall" back in place.
Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs
I traded out my rectangular thrift store tray for a wood round one that I painted and added leather belt handles to it. I previously kept my coffee pot in the corner, but it puts out a lot of steam and we decided it was probably not the best thing for the cabinets, so it is across the "way" on the kitchen island. We have a NINJA and we love it (and no, Ninja doesn't give me anything to say that!).
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Easy Chalkboard Wall and How to Hand-Letter Chalkboard Signs


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