I was recently getting my home all decked out in Fall decor… My house changes regularly, which presents a small snag when I put up seasonal decor , not everything fits where it use to! Well, I had a vacant spot on my front entry shelf. (You can get all the DIY details here.)
There was only one thing to be done. It needed a customized “Fall Themed” chalkboard sign. (Obviously).
- 1/4″ paneling
- flat black paint
- 1/2″ board
- White Colored pencil (prismacolor)
- OR white permanent chalkboard marker
Tools I Used:
- Table Saw
- Nail gun
Ok, so this is just a simple walk-through of what I did. I am sorry it is not a printable… I am not that good. Anyways, I used a piece of cheap MDF paneling and painted it with FLAT black paint. I then proceeded to add the design to my board.
I used “prisma color” white colored pencil, and a “permanent chalk marker”. (With all of the chalkboard rage, it seems that craft suppliers have addressed the needs for more chalk writing utensils, check at your local craft store, they are everywhere.)
If you are not the free-handing type, consider using a free printable, or designing your sign on a free service like Picmonkey. Then simply use transfer paper, and then trace with the white. Easy Peasy.
Here is the design I chose to do :
To really make my sign pop, I added a rustic wooden frame. This is a quick and easy frame. I used a 1×2″ board and cut out a small lip on one side. (See image below)
I then measured out the size of my board and cut my 1×2’s to fit the dimensions. I cut the ends on 45 degree angles in order to create mitered corners.
I simply put a dab of glue on the face of the 45 degree cut, and then tacked it in place using a finish nailer.
I then added a quick coat of stain…
Lastly, I added a small amount of wood glue to the back edge of the sign and then pressed it into place.
Voila. All done.
Happy Fall Ya’ll and Take Luck All,
Very cute! Shelves with hooks are so handy for changing out decor – especially during the holidays! I might just have to build one!