Last week, a major part of my Easter decor was a chalkboard sign with a beautiful quote from C Wesley.
If you missed last week’s post, you can see it again HERE.
Today, I want to show you how we made the sign.
I’ll put links to the products that I used a the end to make it convenient if you want to make your own chalkboard sign. 😊
This chalkboard sign was so easy to make and it fits perfectly with my Easter Decor.
The best part about it is that it is two-sided. Just flip it over and use it again and again!!
Let’s get started!
The first thing that we did was to buy a piece of plywood for the chalkboard. We paid $12.00 or so for a very big piece of plywood at Lowes so it was very inexpensive.
We bought a really big piece of plywood because I was actually making a huge chalkboard sign for a friend so I just cut a piece of that to make my small one.
After the plywood was cut, 120 grit sandpaper was used to sand it. I sanded it again using 220 grit to make it extra smooth.
Then, I used spray primer to cover both the front and the back of the board.
It is very important that you don’t skip priming your board, as it will coat the rough surface of the plywood and give you a perfectly smooth finished layer to apply the chalkboard paint.
Simple black chalkboard paint was used to paint the board. I know that you can make your own but I’ve never had any luck with that and this was already pre-made.
A good 3 coats of chalkboard paint was used on each side for good coverage. Make sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before applying another coat.
If you want a used feel to the chalkboard, you will need to “Prime” it with chalk.
Here is an important tip: You must let the chalkboard paint cure for 24 hours before you start drawing with chalk on it.
How to “prime” your chalkboard:
1. Use the side of a piece of chalk (not the tip) to rub the entire surface of the chalkboard. Rub the surface twice without erasing—once using horizontal strokes, then again using vertical strokes.
2. Let the board sit for a few minutes.
3. Use a dry paper towel, cloth, soft rag, chalkboard brush, or sweeper cloth to blow or wipe away any excess chalk. The result is a smooth layer of chalk dust that fills any pores on your chalkboard surface.
Before I can add the words to one side of the sign, we need to make the frames. We made two frames for this sign because it is two-sided.
The frame was made using Reclaimed wood. It had the best patina to it so I didn’t sand it too much, just enough so it would be easy to dust.
If you’ve ever worked with reclaimed barn wood, you know that it is very dusty and dirty from sitting around for years.
So I always wash it with soap and water and rinse it really good with the water hose before I use it.
We cut the frames to fit the chalkboard and cut 45-degree angle to make the corners. Then, we attached everything together using brad nails.
Polyurethane was used to protect the wood frame, but you can also just wipe it down with wax if you want it to be a lighter color than mine.
Our sign was approximately 20″ x 22″ but I’m also making one that is around 4 feet x 5 feet so the possibilities with these are endless!
Now that I have the frame attached to the chalkboard, I’m able to measure it to add the words.
I was going to add the words using chalk but I changed my mind and added vinyl letters that were cut using my Silhouette Cameo. My biggest fear was that the words would be accidentally wiped off when moving the sign if it was added with chalk.
And that’s it!!
If you have any questions, please ask in the comment section below! I will be more than happy to give you tips and advice!
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