Hanging of the Chalkboard

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Last week my chalk came in and I got to stare at it for a full 24 hours allowing me a solid amount of time to come up with fanciful ideas of being able to make pretty chalk drawings...which I learned the next day is much harder than you think it is.  But really - normal chalk is hard for me, chalk pencils seem easier, but our board needs a little more seasoning before I bust into those.

So I ordered this board after much (way too much) laboring over size and cost and quality and reading reviews.  I'm quite pleased.  I wanted one that had a bit more substance than the $20-30 options and after painting my fair share of homemade chalkboards for LooBird, slate or porcelain were my only priorities.  I also wished for a wooden edge, but the metal fits in just fine, too.  And I suppose, can always be covered up with a ruffle or a frame, if we ever get bored with the color grey...hah.  Not happenin.  Best part was that the installation seemed simple enough for hanging a heavy thing.   You MUST cover the thing in chalk at least 2-3 times and wipe it all off to season it.  I haven't done this with some of our homemade chalkboards and I've had permanent wedding menus until we had the time to paint again.  Glad we did that before hanging or it would have been a bigger mess.

Turns out smartest thing you can do is make a picture of the wall (you're shocked, I know) on the chalkboard fit with measurements so you can quickly refer when you get confused.  Then you can write on the wall with chalk (brilliant! doing this again, for sure!) to mark the measurement spots and holes for screws etc.  The board seemed to hit two studs and was going through a plaster wall so it was good to go after two screws.  I also covered each of the exposed screw heads on the back with cork circles just to protect the wall and give it a little cush rather than bang, when writing on it against the wall.

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That's pretty much it - put the screws in, covered the possibly scratchy spots in cork and hung the thing up.  I grabbed an old twine garland from the shop's window display closet and brought it home - pinned a few images to it, some cut up map pieces and an old wreath.  This week, I cut out triangles for a garland, because we need some more color up there for sure, but I'm still undecided on spacing, binding, construction etc. so there they sit until a plan solidifies in my head.  Thinking I'll hang the bunting up above the photos so we can swap out images. 

Just gotta hang up the clipboards next, find a rug I'm in love with (thought I had a perfect one coming from target, but it showed up more yellow-cream and navy than white, so the search continues to warm up the area and add a little cush) and make or order a print for the left corner with some color and wording about table, bread, wine etc.  Oh.  and learn how to write with chalk....or have my skilled friends swing by for cookies and chalk ;)

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