Turn a boring $1 Chalkboard into a cute sign for your entryway!
Are you a shoes or no-shoes house? I think it’s totally a personal decision, but we are definitely a no-shoes house. I don’t think we really wore shoes inside growing up in my house. Although I don’t remember my parents having a real no-shoes rule. The only rule I remember is that we weren’t allowed to wear our soccer cleats inside. Once I moved out and lived on my own I used to be kind of lax about this rule. The no shoes in general rule, not the no soccer cleats rule, of course! And then we lived in the city with a baby and that’s when we started to realize how dirty shoes can be. We lived on a major street with no super close green space and a lot of dogs. Which means you can’t help but step in a lot of gross stuff. I can’t even count on two hands the number of times I had no choice but to push O’s stroller through a yellow puddle because there was no way around. And once O started crawling, I got seriously grossed out but the thought of what we could be tracking in the house and consequently getting all over his face and hands. So no shoes it was!
Actually I think is pretty common in families with small children, most of my friends and their kids automatically take their shoes off when they come over. And of course I realize that sometimes people can’t take their shoes off. Trust me, I have terrible terrible feet. The only way I can deal with this rule is to have own inside only house shoes. So we do make exceptions. But it can always be awkward when people you don’t know that well first come over. So I’ve been wanting a ‘please remove your shoes’ sign for a while.
When I spotted this boring $1 chalkboard sign at Target I knew it would work perfectly. I gave it a little makeover and now it’s a cute chalkboard sign!
DIY Chalkboard Sign Makeover
1. Take the hanging string off and give your wooden chalkboard sign a light sanding. Then tape off the chalkboard surface.
2. Paint the inside and outside edges (but not the front face) with acrylic paint in the color of your choice.
3. Cut strips of paper to fit the front face. The thing about things you get from the $1 section is that they aren’t always the most well made items. My chalkboard was not perfectly square and each side was a slightly difference width. So I had to do each side one at a time measuring carefully.
4. I cut the strips at a 45 degree angle at each corner. Then I glued them down with some matte mod podge.
5. When it was dry, I used a tiny paintbrush to paint some of the hexagons gold.
6. When you get a new chalkboard, it’s always a good idea to prepare it by rubbing it with the side of a piece of chalk first. If you drew on it without doing that, whatever you drew first might leave a permanent mark. Then I simply drew on my text!7. If I had been thinking clearly, I would have re-attached the hanging string BEFORE I drew the text. But I wasn’t and I didn’t. So learn from my mistake! If you bought a chalkboard that didn’t come with hanging string, just drill two small holes in the top and pull a string through using knots on the back side.
I love how it turned out and it looks so cute hanging by our front door!
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