New This Month

Woodland Chalkboard

A cross-section of a tree trunk turns into a natural canvas for any message, but we especially like the idea of using it to display your welcomes, menus, or even table numbers at a wedding. Simply follow these DIY steps designed by Maggie Lord, author of the new The Rustic Wedding Handbook and the founder and editor of Rustic Wedding Chic and Rustic Wedding Guide.

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

THE TOOLS

  • Slab of wood
  • 1 cup latex paint in the color of your choice
  • Disposable mixing bowl, cup, or can 
  • Disposable spoon 
  • 2 tablespoons unsanded grout 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Chalk 
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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

HOW-TO

1. Sand the slab of wood to ensure that the paint will stick and go on smoothly and evenly.

 

2. Pour 1 cup of paint into your mixing bowl, cup, or can. 

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

3. Using the spoon, measure out 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout and add to the measured paint.

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

4. Combine the grout and paint. (You should not be able to see any of the grout’s original color when you are finished mixing.) 

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

5. Use a paintbrush to apply the paint to your surface. The paint will be thick; this is normal. Apply the paint evenly and try to avoid obvious brushstrokes. 

 

6. Allow the paint to dry completely in a dry, temperature-controlled location. (Drastic changes in temperature or humidity will cause the wood to expand and then contract, creating cracks.) 

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

7. Once dry, take a piece of chalk and cover the entire chalkboard surface to condition the paint. 

 

8. Erase the chalk and decorate with chalk as desired.

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Photography by: Maggie Carson Romano

Note: This project can also be done with store-bought chalkboard paint.

 

Photographs and text from The Rustic Wedding Handbook have been used with permission by Gibbs Smith.

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