Monday, September 26, 2011

Chalkboard Questions

Thank you to everyone for all of the super sweet comments - especially those offering advice for me as a first time mom & compulsive shopper... and to those offering condolences as I make my way through a sober football season.

I wanted to quickly answer all of the questions I have received about my chalkboard. I made it a few years ago, here is the *updated* TUTORIAL. I am in the process of making another one for my kitchen too so I will post that once it is finished. I miss drawing on it for all of the seasons & holidays! 


I use regular Crayola chalk, I find that it works the best of all brands. I even use sidewalk chalk too sometimes because it has more color options :) I have never used chalk pens or markers - although I suppose that might be a little less messy. To deal with the dust & erase marks, I use a regular dry dish towel to erase the board and then a damp one to clear it off before drawing on it again. My best advice for keeping the chalkboard looking good is to slap on a new coat of chalkboard paint every few weeks, that will keep the board black & looking great. Also, regular paint seems to work much better than spray paint if you want a durable chalkboard. I originally made the board with spray paint & you can tell in the pictures above how much harder it was to keep it looking nice. 

Hope that is helpful & answers all of your questions! :)

9 comments:

  1. I recently found your blog over the weekend via Babble.com (did you know they featured you there?) Anyway, thought I'd leave a comment. I'm from Iowa too, glad to see you're a fellow Hawkeye fan!!

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  2. It also helps to use damp chalk. You can just wrap it in a wet paper towl for an hour or two and it comes out much thicker and more solid :) I discovered this via google when our wedding chalkboard did not turn out as planned haha :)

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  3. found your blog through pinterest and i loved how cute your chalkboard is.. i think i have a new project! on that note i laughed so hard when i clicked on the photo to read the small print and make the pic bigger... "that's my name!" lol

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  4. the link to your tutorial is not working:(

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  5. you should post your tutorial on here so we can see it! looks like the original post is private and it won't let you click through. such a cute idea!

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  6. i found your blog through pinterest...love it! is it possible for you to post your chalkboard tutorial in a response? it seems as though it's set to private. thanks so much - your blog is fabulous, i look forward to your updates!

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  7. "Well that's my name!" Classic Christmas Vacation. Haha love it.

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  8. I love this idea...I dont know if I can make it look this nice.... you have really preatty handwriting lol

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