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ch-ch-checkkk out this awesome DIY chalkboard sign I made for our guest room!
{new layout, still working with it…you may need to click on pictures to make them bigger}

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Note: This is a Pinterest inspired sign, unfortunately the only ones I could find on there do not have a link connected to them. Therefore,  I cannot link this to the original creator -__- but if she/he sees this let me know and I’ll add your link in here —->

Okie dokie, let’s get started!

What you need:

– MDF board cut down to any size you’d like
(mine was something random like 43″x10″)
-Sander
– Primer
-Chalkboard paint
-Chalk
-Some sort of picture hanging tools & nails

These are the steps I took in completing this totally rad new sign for our guest room (remember you can change up any and all to make this one your own) ::

  1. Cut down MDF to your preferred size. Or just get Home Depot to do it for you like I didimage (8)
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  2. Sand it down as best as you can
  3. I decided to attach the picture hanging thingys before I painted, because if I didn’t I just knew I would have put an hour into chalk lettering and then mess it up by laying it down on the front side…image (2)
  4. Prime it (I used a few small coats)image (1)
  5. Put your chalkboard paint on, small coats a few minutes apart (note: this is my very first time using this chalkboard spray paint and I didn’t have any problems, but I hear from other DIYers that using actual paint and rolling it on is WAY better than this spray paint stuff. Just an FYI) I was too excited and forgot to take a picture of this step.
  6. Wait 24 hours… and the bottle says to “prepare surface for use by rubbing the side of chalk over the entire surface. Erase and chalkboard is ready.”image
  7. Go crazy with whatever design you’d like. There are a ton of links up on Pinterest for “chalkboard lettering”
  8. I hung this one up by using the toothpaste method and it worked wonderful! I love this sign! I love this headboard! I love this chandelier! I just love this entire room! Now all I have to do is get some lamps, and sand down/prime/stain the night stands – stay tuned!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this one! Let me know what you think 🙂

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-ashleigh.

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headboard love <3

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I AM IN LOVE ❤

Ideally, I would have loved to make this out of pallets but my first/second/third attempt at dismantling a pallet was a complete disaster. SO I just made a trip to Home Depot and bought some brand new wood for this project. Check it out!!

Supplies I used:

  • 3 – 1x6x10 wooden boards (had them cut in half right there at Home Depot to make them all 5′ long)
  • Wood Stain (I used Miniwax Special Walnut)
  • random distressing tools such as hammer, screwdriver, nails, screws, etc.
  • Nails (you could use wood screws if you’d like – I personally liked the nail look better)
  • Sander & Hammer

Steps:

  1. First things first, get to work on distressing your wood. YES, this is a sock in my picture. Fill the sock with nails and screws and bang away at the wood to create something awesome. I took the hammer, screwdriver and even a glass of cold water to my wood. I really enjoyed this part! {I even decided to make a little heart in one spot} Here are some photos of my favorite parts and what it looked like after I stained it. ImageImageImageOR – if you have a curious new pup like I do, you can let them chew it up a little for ya. I tried explaining to her that wood is not good for her, but she kept going back for more. -__-

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  2. After you are done distressing the wood, sand it down and start staining.
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  3. Wait 24 hard/long hours before you can move onto the next step of hanging it up! Measure out where you’d like the headboard exactly and either nail or screw it in 🙂 I left a tiny little gap in-between each one.
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  4. Lastly, put the bed back in front of the headboard and ENJOY your awesome new view!!! It’s just too bad this is in my guest room, because I am in LOVE with this headboard. =]

Overall, this project was very simple and under $30 for me since I already had the sander, stain and nails. It would have been nice to have a second person there to help me hang the first piece of wood, but I figured it out all by myself…so I know you can too! 🙂

Here are a few more pics for ya’ll – let me know what you think! And come back next week for a DIY sign going above this headboard right here!

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-ashleigh.