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
- 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?