“Regardless of your past, tomorrow is a clean slate.”
– Zig Ziglar
…or a clean slate chalkboard in this case!
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For YEARS, I “collected” Noah’s Ark. Anyone who likes something can attest, you get a few things and then all of a sudden your entire house can be made of it. Oh, you like Noah’s Ark, here I found Noah’s Ark toilet paper..hahahaha. Seriously, I did appreciate the gifts, but it can take over at times.
Anyways, I had this cute sign but just decided on a couple of Noah’s Ark pieces and that was that. I couldn’t bring myself to letting this one go, so it stayed in my “do something with” closet.
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I also had someone leftover chalkboard paint and decided on this:
DIY SLATE CHALKBOARD SIGN
These signs are actually really common, at the thrift stores I frequent, and this project couldn’t be simpler.
Take some painters tape and wrap it around the hanging cord (as you can see in the above pic).
Place sign in a well ventilated area, on a piece of cardboard, so you can spray paint it.
TIP– If you are new to spray painting, the best technique requires a little patience. One smooth light coat, let dry, and repeat until well coated. You won’t get it done in one shot, usually. How to get a smooth first coat? Start spraying before your project and move your arm in one motion over the project. Don’t stop spraying until you are off the item.
After the chalkboard was painted, a stencil was used.
- If you want the stencil permanent, you can paint on your stencil.
- If you don’t want it permanent, first you must condition the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping off with a paper towel. This will leave some chalk on there so when you erase your saying, it won’t leave a shadow. You can either use this or this (with a pencil sharpener to make a tip), to write with.
That was it. Super simple and updates this little sign to something a little more current – Can’t go wrong with chalkboards, right?
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