Chalkboards are one of those quintessential “Pinterest-y” trends that people either love or hate. For me, chalkboards have come full circle from overplayed to cute again, and I’ll most likely be incorporating several chalkboard details into the decor for our wedding. A friend of my mom gifted me this beautiful chalkboard at my bridal shower—as promised, here are some tips we figured out for writing chalkboard signs!
Season Your Board
If your chalkboard is new, especially if it was made using chalkboard paint, you need to “season” it first. You can do this by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over the entire surface, then erase or wash it off.
Plan It Out
Plan your design first—you might want to draw it out first using a pencil and paper to figure out the spacing of all of your elements.
Prepare for Mistakes
Keep a damp rag at your side throughout your project to wipe away any mistakes. Be careful using paper towels because they can leave a papery residue on your chalkboard. You can use Q-tips to get into small spaces.
Wet Your Chalk!
To get really bright, clear lines, wet your chalk by dipping it in water before you write. If you want thinner lines for more intricate designs, you can even sharpen the tip of your chalk using a pencil sharpener. Keep in mind that wetting the chalk will soften it and make it easier to break when writing, so go easy on it!
How do you feel about chalkboards—cute or overplayed?