Hello, my name is Diane and I am enamored with chalkboard art.
Chalkboards and chalk and I go way back.
Last year at Christmas, I tried my hand at creating some chalkboard art. It wasn’t magazine worthy by any stretch.
However, that did not stop me from attempting to create some laundry room chalkboard art. [wink]
You see I have this little laundry room makeover that I started last summer. And because I’m a finisher, I decided it was high time that I get the project done. So I started with giving you, and me, the ultimate inspiration, including a ‘before’ picture. That inspiration was the wind I needed beneath my wings to create a fun wreath from clothespins. But, of course I couldn’t stop there, I had to create more clothespin art!!
This is the center wall of my laundry room. As small as it is, my laundry room consists of two areas. The laundry closet is at the end of a short hallway and that hall area actually becomes the outer part of my laundry “room.” It’s where I stand, where my hamper and laundry baskets reside, as well as my laundry supplies.
And then there is the area which you have yet to see, the part that is the actual laundry closet, sans doors. Soon I’ll show you what I’ve done in there. But first, I need the sun to shine at the right time so I can snap a few photos.
This blackboard is one that I received for Christmas when I was a little girl. I loved it! And then my parents were able to acquire a huge chalkboard – real slate, from an old school that was being torn down in my hometown. It hung on my bedroom wall for years. Can you imagine having a whole section of the real deal?! My parents were pretty cool that way.
Back to this mini kid-sized chalkboard. I found it up in my parents’ attic several years ago and brought it home with me and hung it in the garage. Since I moved to PA, I’ve used it in the kitchen with verses written on it. This time, I decided to try my hand at chalkboard art. Promise not to look too closely. It isn’t perfect. But…it looks great on the wall! And makes terrific laundry room decor. Don’t you agree?
I’m wondering if I should have painted the frame of the chalkboard? What do you think?
Chalkboard Art Tips…
Somewhere, I read that it’s best to dip your chalk in water. Don’t soak the chalk. If you do you’ll get really big gloppy dots like I did. However…the moistened chalk is much easier to draw with on the blackboard. Of course, I suggest you practice. Practice more than I did. Let’s face it…I’m a bit impatient and after three tries…this is my final result. I need more practice. Because as my dad always said, “Practice makes perfect.”
I seemed to have read somewhere that you can use a chalk pencil or something similar. That would be fabulous. I used the traditional Crayola box of chalk. And for all my playing I’m only down one stick. Can you see more chalkboard art in my future?
Once I had the laundry room chalkboard art hanging on the wall I decided that I needed to ‘fix’ something. Ahem. That might not have been a good idea. Good thing the mister likes me to keep Q-tips in the house. I used them both wet and dry and they were a life saver. Or should I say, chalk-art saver.
If you want to preserve your chalkboard art, you’ll want to spray it with a can of Aqua Net hairspray. Seriously…they still make that stuff. Did you know that you can spray it on clothes that you get ink on and it helps the ink to come out too? Wonder how I would know that? Haha!
I’m sure there are more chalkboard art tips on the internet. If you have any to share, let me know and I’ll add them here.
Here’s a close up of my quote: “God’s Laundry. He washes me whiter than snow.”
It’s a take off on the verse:
I, the Lord, invite you to come and talk it over.
Your sins are scarlet red, but they will be whiter than snow or wool.
Isaiah 1:18 CEV
Did you enjoy another ‘sneak peek’ at my laundry room makeover?
Are you going to try your hand at a bit of laundry room chalkboard art?
If you’d like to see how I made the clothes pin art…check it out here!
Or…maybe you’d like to see how I hid the laundry vent and hoses…check it out here!
Wishing you a Happy Laundry Day!
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