Chalkboard Project

Posted by on September 17, 2013

chalkboard inspirationHave you seen how many adorable chalkboards there are on pinterest. Above are my inspiration pieces Chalkboards are being used all over, weddings, home décor, holidays… it’s not just for the classroom anymore. As I mentioned in my last post I found an adorable chalk board at JoAnn Fabrics. It is about 20 x 10 and it has a distressed frame.  As soon as I found it I knew I could use it on the dresser to add height and connect the dresser and my grandparent’s mirror.

I had the saying I would put on the board narrowed down to a few and after polling a diverse crowd I settled on a saying. (There is little commitment here because it is a chalkboard and by its nature can be erased and written on again – bliss).  I chose the phrase

“Will you let me be your servant, Let me be has Christ to you”.

It is the words from one of the songs we used at our wedding “The Servant Song”.  A few voters seemed uncomfortable with the word servant. I have to say when I first saw it as a choice for our wedding song I thought that it sounded like false advertising. Servant = don’t want to sign up for that.  But this  really is our loftist goal for our marriage and famil. Being Christ for one another, putting the needs of each other before our own that is what this journey is about.  The next phrase in the song is even more revealing about ourselves… “Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.”  It certainly is true that sometime it is harder to let go and let someone help you.  It’s a beautiful song.  You can hear it here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdmgpMfnjdU

I looked into hiring someone to letter it for me. I don’t mind my own handwriting…but I get sick of it. I decided to try it on my own and see if I could handle looking at it everyday. First I had to have a plan. I typed the phrase on the computer and designed a layout with various fonts.

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Then I found the sharpest pencil I could and I started free handing the letters. Looking back, I wish I would have drawn center gridlines so I would have centered the wording better. But it was naptime people – time is of the essence. You never know when your project time is going to be sabotaged.

Once it was all pencil sketched on there I stared at it…for a long time…then I let it sit for a few days. Each day I would look at it for a while – wondering if I should start over. (Can you believe how anal I am…remember this is a chalkboard – it can be erased Ter!)

Finally I traced over it with my liquid chalk marker. You didn’t actually think I was going to use chalk did you?! Chalk?! Those dusty unpredictable, unsharpenable sticks? Nope.

Finally it was complete. It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. And I love how it looks on the dresser.

Chalkboard – DONE!

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