Here in California, we’re in sort of a strange season – according to the calendar, fall begins in 2 days. The thermometer however, does not agree. Last week it was cool and drizzly but today topped out at 99 degrees. WHAT? That is NOT fall weather in my book. I try to keep a season appropriate wreath or something on our front door, but with this weird weather I can’t, in good faith, throw a fall wreath out there. It’s just not right. Until the forecast dips below 85 degrees, I cannot and will not consider it fall. For the time being, our front door gets to be adorned with this cute little season-less sign welcoming people into our home.
I started with a simple wood slice that I got with a coupon at JoAnn’s (I think I used a 50% off coupon making it like $6 or $7 dollars). I grabbed a foam brush and some chalkboard paint (also bought at JoAnn’s…likely with a coupon). My kind hubby drilled two holes with a 1/4″ drill bit for me.
I took a pencil and sketched a line about 1/4″ in from the edge of the bark. I wanted a nice crisp line for my paint and knew I wouldn’t do a good job of free handing it.
Then, just filled it in with the chalkboard paint! I followed the directions on the bottle – two coats, waiting an hour between. The first coat I painted with horizontal strokes and the second with vertical strokes. I let it sit for about 24 hours to cure.
Once It was fully dried, I “primed” it with chalk. This is an important step! If you don’t do it, whatever you write on your chalkboard first will forever and always be visible. You simply draw over the whole surface and then wipe it off with a dry cloth or napkin.
Next, I figured out what I wanted to write and did my best to make my rarely used cursive readable :) Then I added a little laurel vine to the bottom and called it good! The best part is that if I want something different written, I can easily wipe it clean and start with a clean slate…literally! :)
I found a scrap of leather cord in my stash and tied a simple knot to hang it up. I love how it turned out!