You may remember from this post a few weeks ago that I’ve been wanting to paint a chalkboard message area on the side of my bedroom armoire, so I can leave myself inspirational messages that I’ll see first thing in the morning.
I figured this would be a great project to tackle while I figure out what to do with that blank canvas hanging above. I started by marking a rectangle shape in pencil on the side of the armoire (visible in the photo below if you squint real hard).
Then I picked up some chalkboard paint at Home Depot for about $10. I brought it home, stirred it up, and slathered on two coats.
I didn’t worry too much about the edges being perfectly even or straight, as I kind of liked the idea of it looking a little haphazard. I did as reccomended on the back of the can and waited three days, then used a piece of chalk (a box of 12 pieces was 89 cents at Office Depot) to “season” the whole board.
Then wiped it all off with a dry cloth and was left with this:
And, since I’ve been thinking about this for weeks, I knew exactly what I wanted to write on there to start out. Now this is what I see from my side of the bed each morning:
It says, “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Collect Beauty, Create Joy.” Sometimes I need a little reminder of what’s most important.
I don’t know why the instructions said to rub chalk all over to season the board, but my best guess is that it was to get into the nooks and crannies of the imperfect surface and prevent any scratching or permanent markings when it came to actually using the board for it’s intended purpose. It’s kind of an awkwardly shaped message area, being so tall and skinny, but I think that it’ll suit my purposes well. I’m really digging the message and am super proud of my little fleur de lis as well.
Someday, when we get upper cabinets on the range side of our kitchen, I’d like to add a message board there, too. I can see in my mind now a chalkboard square painted on the side of the cabinet and visible from the front door. What a great place to leave little pick-me-up messages! I’m really into words and need lots of encouragement, so this is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread in my mind.