Creating a Chalkboard Sign from an Op-shop Find

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

I thought I would start the morning with a Coffee or really a simple DIY Chalkboard Coffee Sign made from an Op-Shop find. I actually created this sign for my Refreshment Station, you can see that reveal here. This is made from a old retro wooden tray I found at the op-shop….I see these all the time so you should be able to find one yourself easily.

You will need: Wooden Tray, Chalkboard Paint, Chalk, Pencil & Hairspray

You will also need to have a design you want to transfer (I designed mine in Photoshop and printed it out – you can do something in Microsoft Word with a font of your choosing)

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

I actually sanded my tray back and stained the wood before painting chalkboard paint just inside the carved out center, leaving the handles and edges as plain wood.

Next I seasoned my chalkboard with chalk (you do this simply by rubbing chalk all over your chalkboard and wiping it back off).

Using my design I rubbed the back of the paper with chalk making sure to cover the whole design, I lifted mine up to the light to make sure it all was covered.

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

Then I laid my design in the center of my chalkboard.

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

Using the pencil I pressed firmly as I traced over the design.

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

I removed my design, leaving a faint transfer behind that I went over in chalk. To get nice crisp thin lines I sharpened my chalk to a point using a sharpener and repeated as I needed.

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

To make my design semi-permanent I sprayed it lightly with hairspray.

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated Life

DIY Blackboard Sign | Colour Saturated LifeSimple, right? But how cute does that look on my Refreshment Station?!



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  • Gather Here DIY Sign - Home Made By Carmona - August 27, 2015 - 10:00 pm

    […] Stain your wood and leave to dry. Then you need to transfer the design onto the wood. I almost always use one technique to transfer my designs to wood before hand painting. You can find this technique outlined in this post. […]ReplyCancel

  • Fabiola Garcia - April 27, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    It looks pretty nice to me. With this method, can you remove the design and do any other in the same tray or piece of wood?? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 27, 2015 - 8:30 pm

      Yes, it is just like a chalkboard so the design can be rubbed out.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Her Organized Chaos - February 3, 2015 - 5:36 am

    So simple yet gorgeous! This is something I can see in my coffee station. Pinning and sharing! Thanks for linking this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can’t wait to see what you have this week! Party goes live tonight at 9pm CST!


    • Gilly - February 4, 2015 - 9:35 pm

      Thanks Sharon….thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - February 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    I love the idea of turning an old wood tray into a chalkboard sign! I also see these at thrift stores all the time and I will be heading out tomorrow to find one! Also, your tutorial on how to do a chalk stencil is super helpful! Thanks for all the tips!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 2, 2015 - 7:54 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Brittany…..hope your hunt is successful! Let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Noting Grace - January 28, 2015 - 3:32 am

    I am so amazed by this! I am off to copy this right now! How have I not seen this until now?! Awesome tutorial and thanks for rocking the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 29, 2015 - 8:52 pm

      Thanks Jen, have fun making one and send me a pic if you do πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - January 27, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    This is such a great idea and looks absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - January 27, 2015 - 3:00 pm

    Cute<3 Great technique!ReplyCancel

  • Andie Conn - January 27, 2015 - 8:09 am

    I like this craft very much. Thanks for sharing (:

    Visiting from http://www.andieconn.comReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Mommyzoid - January 26, 2015 - 9:55 am

    wow. This is an amazing idea, Gilly!! I have never thought to create a piece like this but would love to try this in my living room up on a shelf.

    Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

    PS: You’re invited to come link up on Feb 4th at for the kick off of the Ladies Collective Link-Up! Myself & the ladies hope to see you there <3ReplyCancel

  • Becky - January 21, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    I love it–simple is often best, right? Thanks for linking up!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 21, 2015 - 2:52 pm

      Thanks Becky! Huge compliment coming from you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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