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To Do List Go Bye Bye- Creating a Much Better Chalkboard

 

90s Artwork Rehab

So a few weeks ago, I lamented about how I had this fall to-do list in my kitchen and we did only four things on the list.
Here is the picture to prove it:

 

So a few weeks ago, I lamented about how I had this fall to do list in my kitchen and we did only four things on the list.

This wasn’t originally even a chalkboard.
It used to look like this:

 

It used to look like this:

You can go here to see how I created the chalkboard.

Before my fall failure, I was going to change this out with every season.
I couldn’t wait to make my Christmas to-do list!
That is until I flunked fall.
Then the list just seemed like too much, I don’t know, pressure?
Because really, who can keep up with seasonal to-do lists?
As much fun as they are, the revolving artwork is hard work.
So I came up with a plan since we were planning on painting our kitchen and this chalkboard had to come down, anyway.

I had seen this tutorial on Pinterest where you could make a better chalkboard.
Almost like an artist!

So I went to Diane’s blog here

I learned so much in the ways of chalkboard writing. For example, when writing on a chalkboard, dip your chalk in water because apparently it helps the chalk stick. This is wonderful, especially when you are creating a chalkboard art piece that is going to stay up year-round.


So I had read this tutorial, and I knew I wanted to use a favorite quote.
Something short and sweet because as great as the tutorial is, I have the handwriting of a serial killer so I knew I needed to keep it simple.

I have seen this quote all over the blog circuit and Pinterest but here it is at Carmel’s house:

diy chalkboard panels from mirrors

 

So I dug in and got to work.

 

I just drew the border by free hand.

I just drew the border by free hand.
Don’t look too close.

Then I got to work with the quote.

 

I used Diane's advice to get rid of small mistakes with some water and a q-tip.

I used Diane’s advice to get rid of minor mistakes with some water and a Q-Tip.

So here is my “first draft”:

 

But I just didn't like the writing.

But I just didn’t like the writing.
Ick. Ick. Ick.
See, and this is actually neat for my usual handwriting.
I know.

So I erased it.
Which, after using the dipping the chalk in water technique, I soon realized that it was a mistake because you could see the earlier writing clear as day.
Here is my final draft:

 

I liked this so much better and I was really proud of my handwriting.

I liked this so much better, and I was really proud of my handwriting.
Those closest to me will think I hired someone to do this because my normal handwriting is nothing like this.
Even my own sweet dad questioned whether I wrote this.

Dad- Did you write that?
Me- Yes!
Dad- huh. Why don’t you write like that normally?
Me- What are you saying, dad?
Dad- That you can’t read your handwriting usually.
Me- Yes. I wrote this. I swear.
Dad- huh.

And no, I didn’t have my friend Rebecca write this for me.
I did it with my own bare hands.
I swear.
Really.
Sheesh, I need to take a handwriting class.
Or take third grade over again.

And here is the before and after:

 

 

And here is the before and after:

 

 

I adore this quote.

 

I adore this quote.
Because it’s so true.
Well, some days more than others.

 

And I love that I will never have to make another to do list on this board ever again.

And I love I will never have to make another to-do list on this board ever again.

5 thoughts on “To Do List Go Bye Bye- Creating a Much Better Chalkboard”

  1. I love this post- i can relate to THE COUGH. My 12yr old has it and i want to jump off the roof. I don't tolerate coughs well. I know it's horrible. I'm horrible. And now i desperately want to make a chalk board. But my dang tire is dangerously low on the ol' family wagon, so i daren't go. I hope the kids are better soon! For your sanity. Bless you.

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  2. Love it! It does kinda get stressful when you have a to do list staring you right in the face every time you walk in the kitchen. Although I must say it was fun to look at. But then again I don't see it every day:-)

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