May 21, 2013

Chalkboard and Barn Wood Sign for Baby's Room

Man this weather went from chilly to hot, hot, hot!  Crazy.  I just hope this summer is not as hot as it was last year in Chicago.  At least I am not pregnant!  It was hard getting around in that heat before Annie joined us in July.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of working on a couple projects for my friend and her super cute, little boy she was expecting at the time.  She asked me to help her with a chalkboard.  Of course I'm always happy to help but have to admit I was not looking forward to making a chalkboard.  Blah.  They are messier to do and with my specialty being chicken wire frames this was something new in my court.  I knew I could make one easily but it would be a longer process and I did not want to mess it up.

First on the list was to find a frame large enough to meet the request.  I decided to use an old door screen.  The Mr. took out the screen lining for me.  I painted it with Annie Sloan's French Linen, distressed and waxed with Johnson's paste wax.  I thought it came out so much better than using a regular, old frame.  My friend likes rustic and this screamed rustic.  A frame would of looked very traditional.

Next up was making the chalkboard.  I used chalkboard paint in the can and a sheet of particle board from Home Depot.  Nice thing was I bought a super large piece and they cut it into the sizes I need.  Yeah I was smart and had extra made to make more.  Might as well, huh?

I painted the board with two coats of the chalkboard paint.  I did one coat one day and the second coat a second day.  I wanted the first coat to have a full day to dry.  After the board was dry I attached it to the screen using small nails.  I nailed every two inches or so.

What a cutie, huh?

Now I didn't stop with only a chalkboard.  I made a surprise for baby and my friend.  The theme for the baby's room is cars.  I thought it would be fun to make her a barn wood sign to hang over the crib.  I knew she would LOVe the barn wood but I had to come up with a design that would appeal to her and not be cheesy.

I used a piece of barn wood we had left over from my sun sign project that we got from our family farm.  So, YES, I used some good, old, real barn wood.

The word, "VROOM" is what kept coming to mind.  I didn't want just the word, though.  It is a baby's room so needed to be playful.  I wanted more color too.  Drawing is not my forte so I had to keep it simple.  A road.  That was it!

I stenciled "VROOM" with red paint and kept the letters playful too.  I did them in a pattern that mimicked movement.  I made the first "O" large and the second small.

The road I first drew using chalk.  Great thing about that was when I messed up I could wipe away and start over.  Once I liked how it looked I painted it in using black paint.  For the road lines I traced with chalk and then filled in using white paint.  Luckily The Mr. is the artist in our home so he helped me a ton with the perspective of the road to make it look real.  Phew!

Now please let me know what you think.  I miss hearing from you all!  I also want to make sure you all aren't having problems leaving comments on here.  It honestly has been a while.  :(

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  1. I love the live edge, did you wax or put a clear coat on the sign after the paint?

  2. Hey Mike! Thanks for the comment. I actually used no sealer or wax on the sign. I did some sanding after I took the pics but I want the sign to wear over time so I left it alone.

  3. So so pretty, Jenni!!!! Hopefully in a future post we can all see the baby's room too with all the beautiful work you did for it!

  4. How cute!! Thanks for sharing this great idea. Have a great day! ~~ Sharon & Denise @BeBetsy

  5. how super cute love the design creativity
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