Okay, show of hands... How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards, ready to start lettering, only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs --because that's what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don't want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach--I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Inspired, I started digging - and today I'm sharing three great tutorial for chalkboard lettering that'll make it seem like you went to calligraphy school.
January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do!
If puppy and kitten calendars aren't quite your thing, we've got a sweet DIY project that's sure to tickle your modern-aesthetic-loving fancy!
I love that this calendar can be used year after year, not to mention the fact that it's just plain awesome to look at. To recreate the look, all you need is some chalkboard paint and a bit of painter's tape. Check out Stylizimo for tips and a tutorial on getting your calendar grid looking...
Alajandra recieved an email from a retail pitching chalkboard wine glasses. She loved the idea but not the price, which was $19.95 per glass. So, Miss Alajandra got down to DIY business and made her own. Materials
How many knackered, outdated globes are out there? Tons. A little chalkboard paint and they'd be keepers.
Pretty Handy Girl came up with the idea to make REUSABLE gift tags with the help of chalkboard paint. She employed standard black spray paint, but now that we know you can make your OWN chalkboard paint in ANY COLOR, I thought I'd whip one up in red using balsa wood.
Here's PHG's ingredients:
And here are mine:
- homemade red...
Last week I posted a review of the very inspirational Common Sense Storage. In it I spotted a recipe for making your own chalkboard paint. With the publisher's permission, I'm happy to share it today with my fellow Curbs!
We've seen chalkboard paint on a lot of things here at Curbly, but never on glass. Or in this case, glass canisters. The effect is quite lovely. The materials list is the kind I like: short.
Louise gave a tired mid-mod table a fun once-over perfect for her daughter's playtime. Before we attempt such a makeover ourselves, we'd be wise to follow Louise's suggestions and
Welcome to a new feature here on Curbly! It's called...drumroll, please....Make Over Mondays!! (Okay, so you could figure that one out by the totally awesome banner above.) Anyhoo, Mondays are going to be devoted to fabulous befores & afters. So if you like a good makeover (and who doesn't?) make sure you visit every Monday for your makeover fill. And if you've got a good makeover of your own to show off, don't worry, Tuesday through Friday are still available*.
And now for the make over....chairs!! But not just any chairs.
LOVE this idea from ReadyMade: A deep thought chalk bubble. Think best in bed? Paint one above your headboard. How about while sitting on the toilet? Paint one above the tank. To create a deep thought bubble of your own, you'll need a few things. Here they are:
Historically, they were called blackboards, and then sometime in the mid-20th century, they became green, and thus chalkboards. Now, you can turn anything chalkable, but are mostly limited to the original black.
"The Craft at Home blog has a recipe that makes any acrylic paint of your preference chalk-friendly, though darker colors are still more effective as an actual writing surface. That recipe requires powdered tile grout and...
Hu2's selection of wall decals include a chalkboard variety. That's right; you can jot down messages on them, erasing them as the mood strikes. The decals themselves have a fun retro vibe. The prices range from anywhere between £19 and £35 or about $31 to $58 US.
Part of Design Sponge's recent before and after series was this chalkboard table. Kate and her partner found the wooden table on craigslist for 75 bucks. They added three coats of custom chalkboard paint to create a unique interactive dining table. In all, the project cost a skimpy $100.
Talk about multitasking! This new item at Graham and Green is not only a clock, it's a chalkboard and a bulletin board as well. It also costs £52.50 or about 74 bucks to we Yanks. However, a very acceptable knock-off could be put together with a square of inexpensive MDF, a bit of black chalkboard paint and some clock works.
Chichi decided to turn her refrigerator into a giant chalkboard. On it she records garden harvests and meal plans while her boyfriend adds 'whimsical' food-related drawings. She assures us that this is a weekend project. To turn our fridges into chalkboards, we'll need....
Check out this $78 chalkboard clock available at Urban Materials. How easy would this be to replicate? Seriously?! Pop a cheap old clock out of its frame–if it has one–paint it over with chalkboard paint and give its hands a coat of white and you’re done. Okay, so this expensive version also has a magnetic face, but still...a chalkboard clock....how cool is that??!!
P.S. Another alternative = A square of plywood or MDF + some clock works from...
I spotted these in the latest Pottery Barn catalog. The 3.5" by 3.5" pots are six dollars each or six for $29, but they would be really easy to make and for a fraction of the cost. A container of chalkboard paint would cover dozens upon dozens of clay pots. I would probably spend a few extra bucks on some pot sealant or simple plastic inserts to protect the paint job.