Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chalkboard Bar Menu

Two adorable love birds, Carli and Mason, married each other on a rare warm day in the middle of March. Dancing, cheers, and lots of love filled a barn in Rockville, VA. I was so lucky to be a part of this day. My next posts will share some of the crafts that were created for a rustic, fun, simple look.

This first craft was an old window turned into the bar menu.

- Old window – you can buy one for cheap at a thrift store or find one that is thrown out by someone redoing their windows
- Chalkboard paint – my recommendation: Rust-OleumSpecialty 30-oz. Flat Black Chalkboard Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Painter’s tape
- Primer
- Windex and cleaning supplies
- Pencil
- Chalkboard pen – my recommendation: BistroChalk Marker
1. Clean widow – remove dirt and grim, Windex the glass, and sand any edges of the frame
2. Tape around glass – use painter’s tape to seal off the wood
3. Prime – use a primer before the chalkboard paint. I only needed one coat and waited 4 hours before the first coat of chalkboard paint.
4. Paint – I ended up doing three coats of Rust-OleumSpecialty 30-oz. Flat Black Chalkboard Paint (wait at least three hours before each coat). I have also heard of people using chalkboard spray paint instead.
5. Be patient – let it dry overnight!
6. Practice – draw out your design on paper first
7. Pencil it – pencil the design on the window
8. Chalk it – I recommend using a chalk pen/marker instead of regular chalk; this avoids the chalk smearing. If you mess up, just clean it off with a wet paper towel.

You can use the window over and over - birthday parties, kitchen menus, bedroom decorations. The chalk pen is easy to remove with water and a paper towel.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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