I wanted to share this darling chalk board with you I made for the Art Cabin.
It has three of my favorite things…old windows, chalkboard, and Chalk Couture!
I had some windows left over from projects and they had just the patina I wanted. You could also use one of our beautiful Chalk Couture chalkboards. They are awesome because they are magnetic as well as a chalkboard! Bonus! I really loved the vintage look of the windows or I would have used one of mine. 🙂
I used a chalkboard sheet from Home Depot and cut it to the right size with a table saw. Home Depot will cut it for you if you don’t have a saw at home. We removed the middle part of the window and repositioned it on the bottom so that the chalkboard piece would fit.
After putting your chalkboard together make sure to season your board. You just rub your chalk across the board on the long side and then wipe it off. Easy peasy and it needs to be done. I also think it gives it a cool older chalkboard look. If you don’t want that you can wipe it clean too.
Now for the fun part!! I left a lot of room on the side for my lists because I need a lot of room for my lists. 😉
I got to use one of my very favorite Chalk Couture transfers…the typewriter! So many cute ideas using this one. I am a really simple girl so I don’t add as much as you can…be creative and have fun with it. I used one of my favorite paste colors, peachy. My girl made one and used mustard yellow and it was darling. There are tons of cute colors you could use, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them!
LIST OF PRODUCTS USED:
- Chalk Couture Typewriter transfer.
- Peachy, elephant grey, black and white chalk pastes.
- Dream, create, inspire Chalk Couture transfer.
- It looks like the Hello Beautiful transfer is out of commission right now but you could use a variety of others or you could use one of our awesome alphabet transfers.
- 4″ handle squeegee, I really recommend this when you are doing larger transfers such as the typewriter.
- Small squeegee for the smaller areas and words.
- Home Depot chalkboard.
TIPS AND TRICKS:
- Find a vintage window that is close to the size of the board from Home Depot unless you want to use a pre-made chalkboard.
- Make sure to season your chalkboard. You still may have some shadowing on your boards after using the paste. If you do, try using a magic eraser. Maybe check a small area before using if you are worried about it.
- Clean your transfers off with warm water as well as a Clorox wipe. Use Clorox, they seem to work best. Get it in the water as soon as you can. Make sure you let the back of your transfer dry well before reattaching to backing. I use the bathtub for the bigger transfers!
- Your paste should be the consistency of yogurt. If it seems dry add a little water at a time till you can stir it and get that consistency.
- Make sure you buy a squeegee! They work best.
- The paste needs to stay moist until you can remove the transfer. I put mine on a little thick and wait to scrape it off until I’m ready to remove the transfer. You can also put a moist paper towel over it till you are ready. The most important thing is to not let it get too dry, it will hinder your removal of the transfer and the paste dries fairly quickly. Work quickly or bring in someone to help you. We tag team a lot of transfers.
- DOES IT SOUND COMPLICATED?! IT’S SO NOT!! It just takes a little trial and error sometimes. 🙂
Have you ever thought you would like to join me in the Chalk Couture adventure? I would love to have you on my team. This product really just is so darn cool. I love using it. I am someone who wants to be able to use products for a variety of projects and this is something I can use over and over on all different surfaces, that is a winner for me!! Contact me if you are interested in finding out more about how it all works. If you don’t want to build a business, that’s ok! I just love getting 40% off all of the product. 🙂
Have a great weekend and get out there and use your creativity! Whether it’s in the yard or the house or cooking a fabulous Sunday dinner…it’ll make you happy inside.