Today I wanted to do a little something different on the blog! Since becoming pregnant, I've loved seeing the pregnancy weeks photos with chalkboards. I searched all over to find an inexpensive chalkboard that still had a beautiful, vintage look. I found some great options on Etsy that fit my style, but they are just too expensive! Most are over $50!! No way. I knew I could do it for less.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and create a chalkboard that was not only less expensive, but a little more unique than the boards I've seen on blogs and Pinterest. I stopped by Michael's and found this awesome tree stump slab that reminded me of the table settings I had at my wedding. I grabbed some chalk, some cheap foam brushes and Martha Stewart's Chalkboard Paint. The only other thing I used was a cardboard box to protect my carpet, just in case, but you could easily do this outside. The total cost: $20!!! Without Michael's coupons!! I love saving money! :)
Step 1: The Blank Canvas
I love LOVE the wood/tree bark look. So gorgeous and totally fits my natural/hippie personality.
Step 2: The Coating
The most difficult part of the project is keeping the edges clean. Just be patient and it'll turn out fine! I followed the directions on the bottle and ended up doing four coats rather than the suggested two coats because of the wood texture.
Step 3: The Final Product!
I read reviews saying Martha Stewart's chalkboard paint was a little glossy, which I did find to be true. However, I don't love a completely clean chalkboard, I like when a chalkboard is dusted with chalk. So I wrote on the board with white chalk and smudged it around with a paper towel. So easy!!
I'm really excited about this project and it inspires me to do some more DIY for the blog. What do you think?! Do you have any other ideas for displaying the week by week pregnancy progress other than chalkboard art? Any DIY ideas that you think I should do? Let me know! I love hearing from you :)
xo kristen genevieve