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{My DIY Wedding Series – Post 3}

Another friend was getting married in May also, and mentioned to me that she was making chalkboard signs. I liked the idea so much I wanted to make some too! One Saturday I raided Aaron’s wood scrap pile, finding smallish size pieces of wood. Some that were bigger he cut into smaller squares for me. I rinsed them all off, and scrubbed some that had been sitting out and were dirty.

IMG_0846I wasn’t too particular with how nice the scraps were. Some had holes or were bumpy. Ours was a rustic wedding, and I thought the roughness of the wood would fit right in. I picked up a can of chalk board paint from our hardware store, really inexpensive. Covering my worktable with newspaper, I got to painting.

IMG_0856Since I was using scrap pieces of wood, each took up the paint differently. For sure though, one coat wasn’t going to be enough.

IMG_0858I used our clothes drying racks to hold the signs as they dried. After waiting the suggested amount of time (four hours? I can’t remember), I went back and painted on a second coat. By the second coat, the chalk board paint was a nice thick even color.

IMG_1284At first I thought I was done there. But the boards looked rough around the edges, unfinished. I was chatting with my dad one evening, and he suggested putting trim around the edges, giving it a framed look. But then we realized how much trim would be needed, so we opted for paint instead. Laying out newspaper, I painted the edges and the sides with a brown paint. The other option would have been to have painted the chalkboard green along the edges too, but I kind of like how the brown frame gave them a unique look.

IMG_0728When we started setting up for the wedding, the signs were super easy to use. Whenever we had to put a sign somewhere, we grabbed chalk, wrote what we wanted to say there, and presto, we had a sign!

IMG_0738We put signs on stakes, we hung signs on trees, we leaned signs on tables . . . They went everywhere.

IMG_1034They are also super re-usable! They’ve already been used at another wedding, and have been washed and are waiting to be used at another! The chalk rinses right off, and the signs are ready to go.

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