Hi dear friends! Today I have a fun fall tour for you…complete with mantels, wreaths, tablescapes, free printables and porches! It rolls out all week. Not to mention my DIY chalkboard placemats.
When I was young teachers would send kids outside to bang chalkboard erasers as a form of punishment. I never really got how that was punishment! Everything about a chalkboard was mesmerizing to me. Getting to write your name or an answer on the big smooth blank green canvas seemed like a dream come true. It was an elusive treat to write on a chalkboard with authority like a teacher did.
I don’t think I’m alone in my admiration of the classic teaching tool. That feeling tingles in the depths of our school girl memories and surfaces when the smell of fresh crayons hit the air. Chalkboards only showed up at school, so for the non-teachers of the world, our dream of dulling chalk sticks into nubs died when grade school ended. This old time feeling has to be part of the reason chalkboards have made such a strong impact on the decorating world.
The only thing better than drawing on a chalkboard is drawing on the table. My little project today marries those two childhood joys! Chalkboard placemats. I mean really, it doesn’t get much better than that! You can dress them up or style them down, versatile and fun for the young and old alike.
It’s one of my favorite projects to date, not to mention it’s part of a fall tour filled with fabulous inspiration for your home. Please don’t leave without visiting some of the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post…the party lasts all week!
DIY Chalkboard Placemat Supply List
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Black Paint (you could use any color)
Sand Paper or block
- Start by cutting down the hardboard into 14″ X 17.5″ placemats. You can get six placemats out of one sheet. Use extreme caution and safety equipment when working with a table saw!
- Sand the edges. The backing of the hard board sheds, so try to get the outer edges as clean and smooth as possible.
- Layout mats on a covered work space and paint with black latex or acrylic paint. Two coats will be needed. Allow to dry completely.
- Paint a topcoat with the clear chalkboard topcoat (I used a sponge brush) and allow to dry.
- Season the board by rubbing it down with chalk and wiping clean.
- Decorate with chalk to your heart’s content.
There are multiple ways to do a chalkboard finish in addition to the method shared here. Some paints you can paint directly on a smooth surface and they will make a chalkboard finish, there is spray paint available and you can try homemade chalky paint, which I frequently use. None of them wipe clean the same as a good old fashioned chalkboard, but all can easily be wiped down with a slightly damp rag if needed.
You can use the chalkboard placemats as a name card, draw out different scenes for different season or just let guests be kids again! I hope y’all have fun with this one. My table was inspired by these thrift store turkey salt & pepper shakers I picked up for a song. You might want to see the rest of the house…it has a books and pages theme for fall that spilled onto the dining table with flowers made from vintage sewing patterns!
Now do your self a favor and check out the rest of these gorgeous fall ideas:
2016 Fall Ideas Tour
Monday – Mantels
Wednesday – Wreaths
Thursday – Printables
Friday – Porches
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