Disclosure: As part of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program, I was able to request DecoArt Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon and Everlasting to use for this project (thanks DecoArt!). All other supplies were on my own dime. I buy the Chalky Finish paints at Michael’s stores. It’s in the wood finishes aisle, not the paint aisle!
DIY Jumbo Wall Art: Chalkboard-Style Wood Sign
We’ve been meaning to fill the wall behind our TV for some time now. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing 12 Awesome TV Gallery Walls I’ve found for inspiration. Eventually the wall will have a gallery but for now, I got a good start with this big old sign! It cost about $50 total in supplies (and I have plenty of leftover paint, so really less than that). Here’s a close-up of the wood sign…
Don’t be intimidated by hand-lettering! It is NOT something they even touched on in my time in Graphic Design school and I actually have horrible hand-writing. All it takes is a little planning and a little time (and a lot of erasing). I shared 5 Tips for Hand-Lettered Designs last month and employed all of those steps in the making of this sign (which took me just one day to make from start to finish).
Want to make one? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sheet of ¾” x 24″ x 48″ Craft Master’s Lodgepole Pine ($20 at the hardware store)
- DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint (colors: Carbon, Relic, Everlasting)
- Paint Marker (I like Elmer’s Painters Pens)
- Drawing Supplies: Chalk, Pencil, Rulers, Eraser
- ½” screws and strong picture handing wire
I started by painting the wood in the Relic DecoArt Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint (a dark grey). Then I did a light coat of Carbon (black) allowing the Relic to pop through in places.
While it dried for a few hours, I scoured the Internet to find a quote. I thought this one was perfect since it was going above the TV. Then I sketched out some design ideas and settled on 3 lines. That meant 8″ rows per line so I drew guidelines on in chalk to keep my lettering straight. Then I just used my rulers and some hand-lettering to sketch on the text in pencil. After that I went over everything with the white paint marker.
I used a penny to trace circles inside the “MOVIE” block letters to give them a marquee look. Then I used the DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting (white) to paint in the MOVIE text with a small paintbrush. When it dried thoroughly, I took a big eraser to the whole board to get rid of all my pencil and chalk sketch work.
To attach the wire hanger on the back, I marked some dots evenly on the back to drill the screws into (about 5″ over from the edge and top of each corner). Here are the steps as shown in the image below:
- Drill screws into your marked dots.
- Remove screws.
- Put wire hanger all the way into holes.
- Replace screws. This secures the wire into the wood.
- IMPORTANT: Add a second screw to each side for reinforcement since this sign is pretty heavy (as shown in bottom left pic). Otherwise, it might try to fall off the wall and kill your TV. Ask me how I know. (For the record, I caught the sign, saved the TV, and injured my back. 30s are not the new 20s).
- When you put up nails to hang it from, use large nails and make sure you’re hitting studs so the sign is secure.
Then I just rubbed some plain white chalk on the front and smeared it around to add with a soft rag to add to the chalkboard-effect.
Now I can’t wait to finish the rest of the wall!
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see the 12 Awesome TV Gallery Walls I’m using for inspiration!