Chalkboard Coffee Art
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Chalkboard Coffee Art
Two of the many things that Dawn Nicole & I have in common are our love for hand lettering and our obsession with coffee! So, when I created this chalkboard coffee art for my dining room, I knew that her blog would be the perfect place to share it. Here’s how I made it, and you can too…
- Large photo frame, your choice of size
- Acrylic or multi-surface paint, your choice of color
- Black chalkboard paint
- White chalk marker/pen
- Pencil and scrap paper
Let’s talk for a second about the frame itself. You can use any size, shape, or style that fits in with your decor. I wanted a statement piece to hang over the buffet in my dining room, so I figured, “go big or go home.” My frame came from the local Goodwill store for just $7. I wish I had gotten a good “before” photo of it, but I was too impatient to start the transformation. It was originally wood with a metallic gold stripe, and inside of it was a giant blue and mauve flower painting that I’m willing to bet was a focal point in someone’s living room during the late 80’s. If you’ve ever looked at the collection of framed art in your local thrift store, you know exactly what I mean.
Step 1: If possible, separate the glass from the frame.
This will make it much easier to paint the two pieces. Mine, however was not able to be taken apart due to the way it had been framed, so I had to skip this step and just do the best I could.
Step 2: Paint the glass with two coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry thoroughly in between.
Follow the instructions on your particular chalk paint. Most will tell you to do the brushstrokes of your second coat in the opposite direction of the first coat.
Step 3: Paint the frame.
The accent color in my dining room is teal, so I used a gorgeous new shade from FolkArt. It only took two coats to cover completely, even over the part that was formerly gold. Let it dry completely, then reassemble the frame and glass.
Step 4: Sketch your design on scrap paper.
Step 5: Begin lettering on your chalkboard surface using a chalk pen.
I started in the upper left corner by writing “Coffee” and then moved on to draw the banner in the center of the board where I wrote,”Cappuccino” and “Latte.” Because chalk markers don’t have brush tips, I had to use faux calligraphy to create the brush lettered look.
Next, I drew the coffee mug below the banner and lettered the word “Espresso” below it. From there, I continued adding text until all my major design elements were in place. Then, I added small flourishes and embellishments to fill in the empty space until I was satisfied. The final step was to add a small coffee bean border around the entire design, just inside the frame. It’s important that you have the chalkboard in the frame when you’re working, otherwise you may draw on a part that will get covered up when the frame is assembled.
This is hands down one of my favorite lettering projects that I’ve ever created. It’s whimsical and fun, and it’s all about one of my favorite things…coffee! I also like that the style of the design makes it okay if things aren’t perfectly straight or even. It’s meant to look handwritten, so you don’t want everything to be too perfect. I’m absolutely loving having this art in my dining room, and I’m looking for excuses to make another! What do you think? Is this project something you’d enjoy creating and/or displaying in your own home?
Amy Latta, aka One Artsy Mama, is passionate about inspiring her online community by sharing honest inspiration for everyday life. Amy is the recipient of The Craftys’ 2015 “Best Craft Blogger” award, as well as being voted the top Crafty Blogger of 2015 in the SwayyEm community. Recently, she released her third e-book, A Hand Lettered New Year. Amy is a perfectionist, a recovering English teacher, a ballroom dancer, and a Starbucks addict.