Thanksgiving Mantle with Chalkboard Art

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The day after Halloween I tore down that spider and pulled out my Thanksgiving stuff.  I couldn’t wait to get out the warm tones of fall, and slap them all over my little tiny mantle.  Our living room upstairs is quite small, but somehow I have managed to find seating for 11 people!  I also have my electric fireplace in there, and that is where I always start when I am decorating.

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I was inspired by this chalkboard art from Nest of Posies.  She is offering this print, as well as others for FREE on her blog!  Just click the photo, and it will take you over there.  I knew I wanted something like this on the mantle, but I wanted it BIGGER!  So, I researched and researched on how to 1. make a chalkboard, and 2. how to write in chalk so beautifully.  These people with their steady hands, and their ability to draw a elegant G, kill me.

I have seen the pin, where you can paint a mirror and hang it on your fridge, so why not paint a picture?

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While I was out and about over the weekend, I strolled into Kirkland’s and found this monster in their clearance for $24.97.  Not only was $24.97, but it was an additional 25% off, making it only $18.72!  When I took it to the counter, the sweet sales lady told me it was a beautiful piece of art…bless her heart.

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Each week, I budget a little money for decor stuff.  Since I am insane, and a stay at home mom, my budget is $20.  I somehow make this work, and I will be starting a series this Friday on my $20 pocket money, and how I used it.  This week, I bought several things, including this quart of chalkboard paint.   It is only $10 at Wal-mart and it goes a long way.

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I laid my picture down on the floor, and just started painting the glass.  Now, if you don’t like the color of your frame, you will have needed to spray paint your frame first, then paint on your chalkboard paint.  You will need at least two coats of chalkboard paint, and make sure they are completely dry in between.  I would wait 24 hours in between coats.  I didn’t and my second coat caused my first coat to clump.

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Here it is with two coats.  Notice how opaque it is and also notice, you can’t see an ugly ravine reflecting a cloudy blue sky.
After it was completely dry, I seasoned it by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire board.  I have read that if you skip this step you will be left with the first design you create…forever.  Kind of like a burning an image into your computer screen.  So, I guess this step we can name, Screen Saver Step.

Now, on to the lettering.  I found a wonderful tutorial at My Belle La Vie  on how to transpose your letters onto the chalkboard.  She also has a tutorial on how to make a chalkboard on cardboard!

First, I printed out my verse in the font and size that I needed.  I just used Microsoft Word and some free fonts I found online.  Just search “free fonts” and you will find several good sites that offer some really cool options.  Also search “how to install fonts” and you will be up and running in five minutes.

Next, I flipped my words over and used a piece of chalk to trace over the letters.  I then flipped it over, centered it and straightened it, and just using my fingers to rub the letters, leaving a dusting of chalk on the board.

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I then filled in the letters and added the details with the chalk!  That’s it!  It is just time consuming and you have to be careful not to smear your chalk as you are adding in your other words.

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Here it is finished and hanging over my itty bitty mantle.  You could hang yours over a piano or a shelf.  I might move it over my staircase after Christmas.  It would provide a greeting to my guests as they came into our house.

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My total for this project came in just under $30!  It is a piece I can use in any room and I can use over and over again.  Not a bad investment, huh?7689172_orig

Most of the decor pictured is from Gold Canyon.  Every single piece I earned free by hosting my own party.  These direct sales home decor businesses are a great way to add to your home, on the cheap.  The books I picked up at the Salvation Army, and I added a piece of burlap I had stored from a project gone bad.

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I started decorating our basement for Christmas!  I have the tree up!  I know, it’s early!  I just love this season, and I can’t wait to share the holidays with friends and family.  I’m inspired this year by tartan plaid, ivory cable knit, and chalkboard.  I’ve been a pinning maniac, and you can check out my holiday board here.

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4 Comments on Thanksgiving Mantle with Chalkboard Art

  1. Melissa - aprudentlife.com
    December 16, 2013 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! The chalk transfer idea might give me the confidence to try chalk lettering myself. I know my limitations and have always known free-handing a big chalkboard would never happen for me. 🙂

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    • Krissy Buck
      December 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I was really intimidated too, Melissa. I was so happy to find that tutorial online. It has given me the confidence to try drawing freehand, and that is how I made the chalkboard for the baby shower! Thanks for checking out my new site!

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