Friday, 8 April 2016

How to: Make a Countdown Chalkboard


Today marks the 235 days to go until Disney 2016. Ahhhh! I started counting when we were in the 400's! I have a countdown app thingy on my phone, but I'm not a huge phone person so thought I'd make use of some unused supplies I've had in my craft kit for a while and make a chalkboard countdown calendar :)
It's probably a rather self-explanatory task but I thought it'd make a fun little 'how to' post never the less so I hope you enjoy it.


You will need.
- A piece of wood of whatever size you'd like as long as it's thick enough to stand up.
- Extra fine sandpaper (& normal sandpaper if the wood has rough edges)
- Chalkboard paint
- A small paint brush
- Scrap paper
- A pencil
- Scissors
- Chalk
- 2 paint colours. (One that will show on top of the other so a wood stain or poster paint and an acrylic)
- Black acrylic paint -or- black sharpie.



1 // First up - prepare the wood before anything else! Sand down the sides, edges and corners if the wood is freshly sawn or rough for whatever reason. Get it super smooth and all those splinters out of the way.
2 // If your edges were already fine, then this is step 1. With the extra fine sandpaper, rub down the surface of the side you plan to paint on and wipe off the dust.
3 // Choose a shape that you want your chalkboard areas to be, either trace or freehand draw and cut them out. I went for a side profile Mickey head and Mickey hand!
4 // Use the cut out shapes to figure out where you'd like to position them on the wood. Then draw around them with pencil when you are happy.
5 // Grab your chalkboard paint and fill in those shapes :D (Following the directions of your specific paint. My required the first coat to be in downward strokes.)


6 // After not leaving it for the suggested dry time of an hour because I'm inpatient (you probably should play by the rules though so DO leave it for an hour), apply a second layer of the chalkboard paint this time in horizontal strokes.
7 // Next I decided to paint the background. I had originally planned to stain the wood to match my furniture, however, red is Mickeys colour and this pot of fabric paint I had worked awesome as a kind of stain too so I could still see wood grain.
8 // Now here is where our countdown board starts to take shape. You may not be able to see but I have lightly sketched out the words 'days' and 'until' before committing to paint/permanent marker!
9 // Detail adding time :) For my accent colour I chose yellow...obviously and instead of just regular underlines or something I went for dots using the end of my paint brush.
10// At this point it is recommended to leave the chalkboard paint for 24 hours. I didn't, but you're meant to. Once you have done so, it's time condition the chalk board surface by lightly rubbing a little chalk over it all. It's now ready to use! Yay!


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. As with any trial and error project, there are things to learn from but for an item that's only for personal use it'll do. Oh, also! I'd better mention that yes I said it's 235 days to go and the chalkboard says 250. That's because that's when I made and photographed it.
Let me know if you countdown to events you are looking forward to and if you do, what do you use to keep up with it?



16 comments:

  1. This looks amazing, and a great way to count down the days! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely!! I don't tend to change it every day just now with there still being so many days, but every 5 days or so. Then when it gets to double figures I'll do it daily!

      xo

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  2. That is adorable!!! I love that you are so excited about your holiday!!x

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  3. Wow!! This is sooo cute!! Totally wrong on my answer when you first put the photo on FB. Lol

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    1. I know lol!! Glad you like it though :D

      xo

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  4. Ah I'd been looking forward to this and was worried I'd miss it having taken a brief break, so glad I didn't! I'll definitely have to try this out, I love it Danielle - such a brilliant and creative way to count down the days to your next Disney adventure! - Tasha

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    1. Aww thank you Tasha!! So glad you liked it! & I've actually been using it :D 218 days now.

      xo

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  5. Oh my goodness this is actually so cute! I need to make one of these :D xo

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    1. Thank you!! Let me know if you do do one!

      xo

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  6. This is so cute, I need one of these!

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    1. Get crafting!! :P It cost me like £2 for the chalk paint and everything else I already had.

      xo

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  7. This is ace, I love a countdown and mine stands at 170 days!!

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    1. Oh gosh that'll shoot down in no time!! Once you get into double figures it really does fly.

      xo

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  8. This is brilliant, thank you so much for posting. Going to have to give this a go :)

    Belle's Moments

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    1. Thanks so much!! Let me see if you do!

      xo

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