23 July 2015

DIY 3x5 OUTDOOR Chalkboard


Good Lord Almighty if I survive this week it will be a miracle! Sunday night I knew I was walking in to one super hectic week, and i'm so happy to see Friday Eve make her appearance. My day job has been absolutely b-a-n-a-n-a-s every single day, and on top of that, i'm not sure if baby is going through some extra big growth spurt or something, but he is wearing mama out! So, by the end of the day I am both mentally exhausted from work, and physically exhausted from this 2 pound coconut taking up space in my torso. How is he going to grow for 3 more months?!



Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about the best vacation i've ever had? During that amazing time off we spruced up our front porch and i'm just giddy with how it turned out. One of the projects I knew I wanted to do was a giant outdoor chalkboard that could withstand being outside, and could be changed up to decorate for Holidays & seasons. It came together in a snap, and the entire thing cost us about $25.00. (we already had paint on hand, but if you have to purchase it this giant chalkboard will still only cost about 40 dollars!)

Supplies:

  • (1) 3x5 Backerboard 
  • (3) 1x3 wood planks
  • chalkboard paint
  • trim paint (we used exterior paint for stronger durability)
  • chalk to get designing
  • mounting hardware
  • liquid nails

Tools:
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Pans
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Tape measure



This really came together so quickly. We swiped on two coats of chalkboard paint to our giant 3x5 concrete backerboard. This backerboard is made to withstand the elements, so even if it gets wet, it won't rot like wood might.




Then my handsome handy-man measured out the sides for our 1x3's and cut them to fit the perimeter. This will vary depending on how big you make your chalkboard. We chose to just cut them to fit flush, and we didn't miter the ends, but you could certainly do this if you were looking for a more polished look!


Once the paint was totally dry, (we waited overnight) I seasoned the chalkboard using just plain crayola chalk, and got super excited to get designing :) It's important to season your chalkboard because the surface is so porous, if you were to design right away, it would likely leave a shadow behind for all of eternity. By filling in those nooks and crannies now, you're preparing it for easy wiping in the future!


Jake fit the sides to make sure his measurements were correct, and then went outside to paint them with a few coats of bright white exterior paint.


Meanwhile, it was 1402 degrees, so I took it inside to stencil out our first design. It's totally cheating, but it works SO much better than freehand (if you're creatively challenged like myself.) Tutorial to come I promise! You'll love it for all the "ER's" we have coming up :)


Next, Jake attached the trim with liquid nails, attached the mounting hardware, and we hung her up! 


My little carpenter also built this bench for me while we were out, and even though chevron is like an over-played Taylor Swift song at this point, I couldn't help but love the bright contrast. Plus, even when Taylor Swift isn't good, she is still really good. You know?


We are plagued with solicitors in our neighborhood, and I know it will take .5 seconds for me to go full-on mama bear the first time one rings the doorbell when our baby is sleeping, so I figured this was a polite way of saying "shoo-fly don't bother me!"

As a reminder, this is what our front porch started out as when we first moved in:




And the bright and sunny after just fills my heart with joy!

I filmed a quick little 1.5 minute video of the process of us putting this chalkboard together, check it out on my YouTube Channel, or press play below!





Thanks so much for tuning in. If you want to see more on our home, click over here!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

This post has been corrected to reflect that the chalkboard is 3x5 and not 2x3 as previously stated. Get your measurements right, Kylie! 

12 comments:

  1. I love this!

    I never knew about the trick of seasoning the chalk board and I have definitely seen the outcome of the lasting first design! Now I will know for the future!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    xo
    Emily at Style Cubby

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    1. It makes such a big difference! It will change your chalking in the future ;) Thanks for coming by, Em!

      xo!

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  2. Love it!! That will be so perfect for the holidays! Gosh if you saw my front porch..woof! Please come re-do it for me! Also, I'm still game for chevron, sometimes it's just the perfect pattern, even though it's been way overdone. I'm not complainin'!

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    1. I'd be glad to! Can you just move to NWA already so we can do all of the fun things together?!

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  3. So cute!! Your entry way reminds me so much of one of my good friend's house - except her door is red : )

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    1. Oh how I LOVE a good red door! I think of a big giant farmhouse with rocking chairs in the front. Maybe one day :)

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  4. Wow this is such a cool DIY - thanks for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Candice! Thanks for coming by!

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  5. I LOVE the chalkboard idea! Your whole patio area looks great!

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  6. this is such a lovely idea. I do hope next week gets better for you. You have such a lovely place :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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