Fun With Chalkboards

I’ve always had a thing for rustic charm or what some might call shabby chic. There’s so many ways to describe it, but you know what I mean, right? The fun, pretty, yet kind of random stuff that’s popular at weddings today. Stuff like vintage furniture and mason jars, stuff like…let’s say, chalkboards!

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Chalkboards are one of the things on my to do list I’ve been most excited about. It’s a project I wanted to undertake long before the wedding—who doesn’t want a chalkboard in their kitchen (hello, for recipes, grocery list, or just general commentary!), and all along, I never knew the wide variety of uses for chalkboards at weddings. Such uses as:

Displaying the menu:

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Taking the place of escort cards:

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For Table Numbers (this is DIY, BTW. Check out the source for more info):

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Directions:

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Random decor awesomeness:

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And the most obvious use – photobooth props for messages from your guests:

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Well, during my many trips to AC Moore for Save the Date supplies, I tried picking up a few things on my big to do list. I searched the aisles for spray paint that turns any surface into a chalkboard. Am I crazy? Did this stuff really exist?

Yes, it does and it’s only $6.99.

Breaking from my other big project, I tore apart an old frame. I pulled the center piece out and walked outside. I shook the bottle, skimmed the directions, and started spraying. I guess I should note that I laid the wooden piece from the frame in the grass first.

Would you know this is the easiest project ever?

  • Spray on one coat

  • Spray on another coat

  • Let the board dry

  • Volia! It’s a chalkboard

It was really that easy!

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Are you using chalkboards at your wedding? Have you considered making them?

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Mrs. Brooch

Location:
Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:56 am

    I love chalkboards. I can’t wait to see how you’ll use yours!

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    Jaxx317 1356 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:03 am

    I love love love chalkboards!! I’m totally doing our menus and maybe a few other things (photobooth signs and directions, maybe) on chalkboards!

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    FMB, Guest @ 10:11 am

    That is so awesome! I had no idea paint like that existed. Thanks for the info, Miss Brooch!

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    junebug12 399 posts, Helper bee @ 10:16 am

    I have every intention of doing this as well! I think chalkboards are fantastic, especially for photobooths :)

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    mcnetn3 1675 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:19 am

    Chalkboards are on my to-do list. I plan to use them for the menu, directions, table assignments, guest book info (we’re doing a fuji instax guest book), welcome sign, drink menu, mr.&mrs. seat signs, and signs for our lawn games. I’m in the process of buying up frames from Goodwill. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about!

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    RayRayFurious 2255 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:27 am

    Cool! I love this idea!

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    OttawaBride2011 4510 posts, Honey bee @ 11:42 am

    We’re planning on using one for our seating chart! My mom has been looking around to buy one, but now that I know we can just make one, our lives have become much easier, thanks!!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:23 pm

    Love this!!

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    pashmina 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:54 pm

    I totally share your passion for making things into chalkboards. I love all the fonts and using recycled materials too. For our wedding we had one. Can’t wait to show u.

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    Miss Twigs 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:57 pm

    I like the “Oh Happy Day” board. Making them might be fun!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:03 pm

    i FINALLY found some cheap chalkboards for our wedding last week after looking everywhere for months. I thought about making them ourselves…but unfortunately in NZ the paint is not cheap at all!

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    cheetah 1192 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 pm

    Chalkboards are so much fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:10 pm

    I love when weddings have all those chalk board details! That escort board is especially cute, but its so hard to keep your writing looking good in chalk I think.

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 10:53 pm

    I had no idea that chalkboard paint existed as a spray paint … I must get some for my table numbers!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:28 pm

    I love chalkboards and wanted them all over, but it was something I had to let go. They didn’t really fit with my other projects. Oh well, I’ll just have to have them in my house instead. ;)

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    cnd0020 85 posts, Worker bee @ 12:40 am

    I’ve been scared to try chalkboards… my handwriting is kind of awkward.

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    PauKew, Guest @ 3:20 pm

    Hallo Zusammen, ich habe von einer Freundin erfahren dass es einen Weg gibt mit Hypnose mit dem Rauchen aufzuhoeren… kann das jemand bestaetigen?
    Hat das schon jemand von euch ausprobiert?
    Ich paffe etwa 14 Zigarren am Tag und ich mache mir ein wenig Sorgen um meine Gesundheit….

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    laurenrock 19 posts, Newbee @ 6:22 pm

    great idea! I love the escort board the most, I’m definitely going to look into doing this, thanks for the post!!

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    Lia, Guest @ 7:13 pm

    I thought this may interest you! This is a wonderful tutorial for creating perfect lettering on a chalkboard! http://www.thelittleapartment.com/2010/09/how-to-create-perfect-chalkboard-every.html

    I can’t wait to see what you do with these!

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    LoveBoma 28 posts, Newbee @ 11:17 am

    Love chalkboards! I just launched an Etsy store called Love, Boma where I am selling customized chalkboards in beautiful decorative frames. Check them out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveBoma

    Thanks!

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    amberolar 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:25 am

    Love the chalkboards! I found a couple that I love at http://roxyheartvintage. Check it out!

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