Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~chalkboard wall lettering~ { a DIY }

Chalkboard lettering is becoming all the rage.
If you want to make a graphic statement in your home and have a chalkboard wall begging for decoration, I am going to show you how to achieve this look:
 Start with a saying you like.
 You can google different sayings or quotes, or create 
your own in photo shop or in a word document.
{This one I used can be found here.}
 Print it out and take it to your local copy center.
Using their over sized copier, print it out to whatever size you need.
Mine ended up being around 27" x 42"
 When you get it home, flip it over and rub white chalk all over the reverse side of the lettering.
{I did not get a picture of this}
Tape the pattern on your chalk wall making sure it is level.
 Using a ballpoint pen,
{I like using red because I can see where I have already gone, ensuring I don't miss any letters}
simply trace around each letter.
Press hard and the chalk you rubbed on the back will transfer onto the wall.
I found using a ruler makes accurate straight lines and makes the job go a little quicker.
Once you have traced everything, 
remove the pattern and your wall should look similar to this:
 Then simply fill in your lettering with your chalk.
I went back and smudged the lettering with my finger to give it the look I was after.
Have a couple q~tips on hand.
 They make smudging the teeny tiny letters easier, and if you wet them, they work great for cleaning up smeared edges.
The whole project from start to finish took me about 2 hours~not too bad.
Have fun creating your chalk wall!
{this lettering was created by Simon Walker}
xoxo

42 comments:

Cassie said...

Awesome! I am envious of that great wall, too!

Emily Netz said...

That's a great idea! I love chalkboards and I have several large ones that I could use this method on. When you "traced" the letters with the pen, did it make a permanant indention on the wall/surface?

Kelly said...

Love this!!

Angie Bean said...

What a great tip! I would have been the doofus that cut out every single letter to stencil... This is so much more clever!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three said...

This is such a great tip and I can't wait to try it. I just added a chandelier image to my chalkboard on my mantel and used a regular wall stencil.

Angela

Amy @ Fig Milkshakes (Home and DIY) said...

Wonderful! And I love this saying. Thanks for the reminder.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Great Idea for sure.I think you can also spray something over them to make them permanent to, though I can't remember what it is~Cheers Kim

~ Lisa ~ said...

You are so clever....now my family will think I am too.....

Anonymous said...

You could also simply print it out in the reverse and chalk the letters then press it against the board and the outline will show in its reversal (the right way)

Saves you from chalking the back and then writing over it.

Acorn to Oak said...

What a great idea! I like the look and the quote. Looks fun to do too.

AntiqueChase said...

WOW. just WOW!!

Cathy Penton said...

This is awesome...We are just about to do some major chalk boards for my daughters wedding so this will help a lot....Absolutely gorgeous....thank you so much for sharing...I have had large chalk boards in my house forever but I have always free handed on them....take care and thank you :)

Ashley C. said...

LOVE this! Can't wait to put it to use in the house - thank you!

Misty said...

I have read your blog for years and years & always love every single post. You are my home decorating hero :) Can't wait to try this out :) have a blessed day

-misty

Sue@pineapplehillinteriors said...

Very cute. I love the quote. I think I'll give it a try on my chalk board.

Lisa Marie Wells {Not Too Shabby Mama} said...

This is great!! Thank you so much... I always wondered how to get a chalkboard saying so perfect!! Excellent DIY!! Thanks for sharing!!
~Lisa

the modern cottage said...

I love this thank you :) I have a chalkboard sign behind the counter of my store and I was going to have a professional do it but I love your tutorial and I think now I can do it myself!

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!

you are so gifted when it comes to signs and lettering.

And ps that jean shirt you have on, suppppper cute!

Heather

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Great job! I've been meaning to do something like this in my sons room - only I think his favorite quote is something from Anchorman - something about milk.

Fishtail Cottage said...

checking in to say hello! hope you are having a great week...love this, but aren't your arms tired? lol xoxo, tracie

Michelle Lunt said...

Holy cow! You just blew my mind with this awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing this. Happy to be following - so glad I found you.

Warmly, Michelle

Barbara Jean said...

love it!!

thanks for how to's.

and great saying...so true

blessings
barb

Mary said...

oh.my.goodness!
this is FANTASTIC!!!

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Stamp in My Passport said...

this is wonderful :) I actually used your tips and did this myself on my chalkboard :) Blogged about it yesterday you should check it out!!! This is simply gorgeous, i love that chalkboards are coming back!

Jilly said...

Love this! I've had this quote pinned for so long now....it's one of my absolute favorites! I think I know what I'd like to accomplish during this lazy winter break.....thanks for sharing!
xo,
Jilly

Ruth said...

This is great. I love how it turned out!!!
Ruth

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if you credited the original artist of this lettering. http://simonwalkertype.com/

Anonymous said...

somebody beat me to it. Please credit the very talented Simon Walker.

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooo much, you have made a hard job a lot easier...can't wait to get started!

Megan said...
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Megan said...

Great as long as the original designer doesn't mind his work being blown up and used without permission or payment...

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