DIY: Outdoor Chalkboard art.

I mentioned way back in the Decking post about how I wanted to add some chalkboard art out there, I also said keep an eye out on a post about in a few weeks – well here we are with that post. There’s a big blank brick wall out there, and I figured chalk board art would be perfect, cheap, and completely customisable way to stop it looking so absolutely boring.

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This isn’t a tutorial – necessarily, turns out, there are quite a few ways to make a chalk board, most of which you can find over on Pinterest. So this post is just about what I did.

Here’s what I used:

Rustins Quick dry blackboard paint. (£5.52)

Giant piece of MDF left over from the TV unit build (I’m really putting those scraps to use!)

Graphite pencil. (£2.50 for 6)

Printouts (more on them a little further down.)

Chalk la chalk pens. (10.95 for pack of 8)

 

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What I did was actually very simple, obviously the first thing I needed to do is paint my MDF board. Its really important at this step to do the whole thing, every millimetre of the board needs covering in chalk paint, back and front. MDF is very absorbable, being outside, with the rain WILL destroy all your hard work unless its protected properly. Also, bonus is you have a reversible chalk board. Two in one and all that.

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So thats the boring bit over. By this point I had a giant chalk board an I was ready to get creative. I had been sketching out a few ideas, I wanted something quite simple, but still very colourful. And using Picmonkey I had something like this planned out.

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Now, I discovered a little hack that makes Chalkboard drawing incredibly easy. You’ve probably seen those gorgeous murals, well… odds are most of ’em are done the way I’m going to show you. There will be some drawn freehand by people that are just actually incredible artists. I am not one of those people. So what I did was print out the above. I had to have a play around with sizings, but after a little while I ended up with this layout.

 

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Now heres the cool bit. Once you’ve decided where you want each letter to be placed, simply turn her your sheet, grab your graphite pencil and scribble away. You want the entire back of your letter/object ect covered in pencil.

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Now flip your paper back over, placing it exactly where you want it and trace over the outline of your letter/object ect with a pen.

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When you lift your paper…. voila. An exact outline of what you want to be chalked. Easy as that!

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After the initial glee of seeing that chalk board art hack really does work, I cracked on and got the outline of the rest of the board drawn out.

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Then i was finally ready to get started with the chalk pens. I decided on the chalk- La pens, because they had really good reviews, they also aren’t completely permanent. I can wash off with a wet sponge, but just a spray of water (or rain) would leave it all perfectly in tact. Ideal for something thats going to be outside really.

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Once I’d finished the writing and the festoon lights, it was time to start on the biggest job, the flowers! I won’t lie, this part took me about two days to complete – although I was having to stop for school runs, cleaning, making dinner, bedtime stories ect. Around half way though I was close to giving up, but…. I did really want to see it finished and up outside, so I carried on chalking out those little flowers until eventually I had a half border of multicoloured flowers.

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Then finally it was time to hang. What I was hoping to have finished in a day, took three. But, I actually really enjoyed the process, knowing I would get the writing almost perfect because of the hack was so satisfying, no trying and struggling to get it perfect freehand.

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A lovely little bit of Summer added to the decking. Which is nice, considering we aren’t getting an actual Summer. I managed to take two photos of it finished before the heavens opened and I got drenched. It has since not stopped raining. Hopefully once Summer comes back, I’ll be able to take a much sunnier photo of it out there.

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I’ve still got a few bits to get done out there before I’ll say Ive done for this Summer. all of which require at least one day of sunshine, something we aren’t really getting at the minute. I thought i’d put together another one of my little still to-do lists for the decking area:

– Re-paint the shed door. (I’ve something really cool planned!)

– Get rid of all the wood down the side of the decking.

– Re-stain the deck.

– Fit hanging wall garden (very excited about this project!)

– Hang tea-light holders above the chalkboard art.

– Rehome lavender plants in the planters to somewhere else in the garden. (They are mutant plants, I’ve never seen lavender grow so crazily.)

 

Thats all that I really want to get done out here this year (the front of the house is a whole different story, but we’ll get to that in a few weeks.) I’ll have a full update post up at some point before the end of Summer.

So thats it, my chalk board art is complete. I really did enjoy the process and It is definitely something I will be doing more of now I know how to get it perfect every time.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

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