Chalkboard Love (tutorial and giveaway)

I don’t usually write tutorials but I’m including one in today’s post because this is an item I’m crazy passionate about.  If you’ve been around the blog long enough you know that I’m a big fan of my chalkboard, which is essentially an old 100 yr old cupboard door which I transformed.

One chalkboard, so many uses. Menu Planning, To-Do, Inspiration, Planning and Birthday Greetings for your 1 yr old’s rap party.

I’m going to show you how to make one yourself, and then I’m going to give away the chalkboard we make.

I’m going to start to do more giveaways and they will consist mostly of homemade items and books, my two go-to gifts.

I do handmade gifts for several reasons:
1- They mean a lot, people love them
2- creating and up-cycling are better for the environment
3- they’re better for our budget
4- the creative process is great for my spirit

You will Need
An old cupboard door
Sand Paper
Painters Tape
Spray Chalkboard Paint

Go to your local salvage yard, I prefer Architectural Salvage here in Ada, and procure an old cupboard door.  I like the ones with the inset middle, pay attention to the outer frame and find one with color that you love.  I always go with a beat up shabby chic white.

Wipe it off and dry it, aren’t you glad I took a picture of this part in case you got confused about what wiping looks like?

Sand it, especially the middle part, which will be your writing surface, although small imperfections are fun and give character.

I used a small handheld power sander, but you can just free hand it with a sheet of sandpaper too.  Sometimes you’ll find cool vintage layers of paint that will show through.  Don’t be too impressed, this is one of like 3 power tools I can manage.

Tape off the edges so you don’t get the spray paint on the frame part of your chalkboard, although it you do you can sand it off.  You don’t have to use an entire roll like I did here.

Take your chalk board paint, this is what I bought from the local box store.

Spray a first coat, then follow it up with two more coats, taking a break in-between coats.

Remove the Painter’s Tape and get someone to affix a picture hanger on the back of it.  I don’t do that part, I couldn’t begin to tell you how, I think you just nail it on, but it’s beyond me.

So I love my chalkboard, and I want you to have one too.  So in order to win this lovely board leave a comment below with a quote you love and deem chalkboard worthy.  It’s that easy, you’ll be entered!  If you start following me on twitter or like the Leanne Penny page on Facebook you’ll earn extra entries.

Giveaway will close next Wednesday, June 20 at midnight, CST

Can’t wait to send you a present.

  • Lacy Tritten

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins in a single step”

  • Amanda

    Such a good idea!! I’m hoping to do more handmade gifts this year, and this would be a great one to start with. :) Hmm… the quote I’ve had on my chalkboard for awhile is “Perfect love casts out fear.” Now I’ve started writing down things I love about my boys. :)

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      That is such a beautiful practice!

  • Lisa K

    “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”- John Muir

  • http://h2ochurch.tv Pam Worcester

    “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, then don’t say nothin’ at all” – Thumper’s mommy in “Bambi”

  • Amanda

    Just liked you on Facebook. Already follow you on Twitter. :)

    • Mark Allman

      The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

      • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

        Yes, and something that I am not naturally skilled at -to be sure.

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      I’ll make sure you get double entries!

  • Mark Allman

    The word Listen contains the same letters as the word Silent. — Alfred Brendel

  • Mark Allman

    I thought I would make up a chalkboard quote for a chalkboard.
    “We should treat some things in life like things on a chalkboard…. erase them and move on to something new.”

  • http://alittlemorethaniwas.wordpress.com Jen

    Thanks for the tutorial (and you never know who might need to improve the old wiping
    skills :). Here’s one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou, since it has come up only 7385623874 times in my life. “I can be changed by what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it.”

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Love that quote! So true and so well said as only she can do.

  • http://addingaburden.blogspot.com Jill

    Laughed out loud at the wiping picture caption. :-)

    Favorite quote by Walter Wangerin Jr. “I have begun to dwell within the circle of God’s presence, wherein is comfort and purpose and life and love and confidence.”

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Jill that is going onto the chalkboard right now. Love it!

      • http://addingaburden.blogspot.com Jill

        awesome!

        • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

          I. WANT. THAT. CHALKBOARD. :)
          Couldn’t tell could ya?!

          • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

            Lol. Just a bit 😉

  • http://byamandaleigh.com byamandaleigh

    One of my favorite quotes… It continues to inspire me each day…

    “Your time is limited, s don’t waste it living somone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by Dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
    – Steve Jobs

    Keep up the wonderful work Leanne. Your words helped me when I was greiving my grandmother, and for that I am forever appreciative…

    Amanda

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Oh Amanda my heart is so humbled that God used me to be a part of your grieving process. Beautiful quote, I love the idea that your heart already knows where it’s going if only you will listen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

    Oooh How many quotes can I submit?
    “Grace has to be drunk straight, no water, no Ice and certianly no ginger ale”
    Brennan Manning

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

    “I would like to have the men of Heaven in my own house:

    With vats of good cheer laid out for them.

    I would like to have the three Marys, their fame is so great.

    I would like people from every corner of Heaven.

    I would like them to be cheerful in their drinking,

    I would like to have Je…sus too here amongst them.

    I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings,

    I would like to be watching Heaven’s family, drinking it through all eternity.”

    – attributed to St. Brigid of Ireland

  • Toni Marie

    “As the bird free of its cage seeks the heights So the Christian soul in death flies home to God.”

    Thank you for the gifts of your writing and artistry!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

      “For the death of Isaac did not procure freedom to the world, but that of our Saviour alone, by whose stripes we all are healed. For He raised up the falling, healed the sick, satisfied those who were hungry, and filled the poor, and, what is more wonderful, raised us all from the dead; having abolished death, He has brought us from affliction and sighing to the rest and gladness of this feast, a joy which reacheth even to heaven.” – St. Athanasius, Pascha Letter (Epistle VI), 334 A.D.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

    “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it” Buddy the Elf, or Conni quoting Bddy as she spins in circles

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Ha, you can’t beat Buddy the Elf!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

    Did I win yet? I have more…

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Oh Kelly! I’ve got a week til it closes but I’m LOVING your quotes. And I’d love to hand deliver it to you :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Brigids-Holistic-Labor-care/131800890237612 Kellyop

        ((HUGS)) Okay ill keep looking for more! 😉

  • Heather Tiger

    “Learn to love yourself and your life as is instead of as if.” ~ by me (seriously, just came up with this one, because it is the lesson I am currently trying to master!)
    Great idea and I may have to come check out that salvage yard in Ada, and see the lovely Penny family as well (long overdue!)

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      We would truly love that Heather!

  • Lauri

    “you can either pray or worry but you can’t do both” Curtis Jackson aka 50 cent

    I loved this it gave me goose bumps when I heard it, because sometimes something so profound can come from a somewhat unlikely source. When you think about it, it rings true. You can pray an give your cares and concerns to the God of everything, and if you do it makes no sense to then worry. The bible says God here’s are petition and is faithful to answer. So there is no room for worry!

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Who knew Fitty was so prolific?!

      • angie

        the riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man ~G.K. Chesterton
        ~ac ❤

  • Toni Marie

    “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.”
    –Groucho Marx

  • Toni Marie

    “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
    –Khalil Gibran

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Oh wow, this makes me want to go hiking right now. Throw it all in the car with some trail mix and take to the wild.

  • Toni Marie

    “You cannot plant an acorn in the morning and expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.”
    –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Toni Marie

    “Life and death are brothers who dwell together. They cling to each other and cannot be separated.”
    –Bahya Ibn Pakuda, Duties of the Heart

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Ow, and so very yes.

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    I have some serious competition here! Okay, let’s get started!

    “Either we acknowledge that God is in all things or we have lost the basis for seeing God in anything.”

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Once the children were in the house the air became more vivid and more heated; every object in the house grew more alive.” (Emma Goldman)

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live…[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” – Albert Einstein, “in a letter to Otto Juliusburger”

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” Oswald Chambers

    • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

      “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Love this, love love love.

      • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

        😉

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.” ~St. Augustine

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements,
    but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, ‘I was wrong.'”
    – Sydney J. Harris

    • Mark Allman

      Great one Joy

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Yes, That. <3

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “This week, as you pursue greatness, commit to praying ‘Lord give me the wisdom to know what’s right and the courage to do what’s right, even when it’s hard.” Andy Stanley

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “I am well, but weak; and for another year of service I need that the right hand of the Lord may be laid upon me, and that He should say to me, “Be strong: fear not.” Charles Spurgeon

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~Mother Teresa

  • amy engelsman

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit.” Romans 15:13

    Someone left this on a note in the pocket of a pair of jeans I bought on ebay…I got it on a day that I was having a hard time with our adoption wait…it made my day, week, and is still a go to verse for me!

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      What a cool story I love that!

  • April Kornoelje

    What I live my life by……”This too, shall pass”

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Love it! Simple and true!

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” ~Brennan Manning

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    “When a man or woman is truly honest, it is virtually impossible to insult them personally.” ~Brennan Manning

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    People who don’t think probably don’t have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake. ~Winnie the Pooh

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      I love this, we have been doing so much Pooh around here lately.

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit. “No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way. ~Pooh Bear

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh

  • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

    You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. ~Pooh

    • http://joycannis.wordpress.com Joy

      It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” ~Pooh