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September 12, 2014

Back in January of this year I had the honor of demonstrating an awesome new product at CHA that Martha Stewart Crafts was releasing later in the year called “Erasable Liquid Chalk”. Well that time has come and I’m excited to tell you it’s now on the shelves! I’ve been dreaming about the wedding related project I would create to showcase this unique erasable chalk paint and so here you have it – the darling “Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign”. The boards are painted with brand new colors of MSC chalkboard paint and the lettering is all done with the Erasable Liquid Chalk. Why? So that when your wedding is over, you can erase the lettering and turn it into any countdown chalkboard you’d like, maybe even just a regular chalkboard. We can’t wait to see your renditions of this project so make sure to share pictures on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and they will show up on our ‘Get Social‘ page!

Ps. Martha, if you are listening – I’ll take this erasable liquid chalk paint in pen-form asap!

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

For this pink chalkboard version I did the same steps as below and embellished the board with glitter ribbon. The chalk was hung using a thin gold twine.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Supplies:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Paint (our is in Ink and Raspberry Ice)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk
  • wood plaque of any kind and size
  • paint brush and paint roller
  • ribbons
  • scissors
  • chalk
  • sand paper, optional
DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

The first step is to paint your wooden plaque and make it a chalkboard! Using a paint roller, apply two coats with at least an hour of dry time in between each. The roller gives the perfect smooth surface that you need for a chalkboard.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Next, I roughed mine up a little bit by sanding down all the edges… I’m going for a nautical look.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Prime your chalkboard! Everything you paint with chalkboard paint needs to be ‘primed’. You do that by rubbing chalk all over the board and wiping it away – I do it like 3 or 4 times. This makes your board ready to write on and protects the paint from scratching and ‘remembering’ that first thing you ever right on it.

Prime your newly painted chalkboard

Outline your design in chalk first! Yes, you can paint over it.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Now the fun part… painting with the Erasable Liquid Chalk!

Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk

Now go over your chalk design outline with a paint brush and the erasable liquid chalk! It’s just like paint, but it washes off completely with water and leaves NO ghost outline!

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

I did about 3 light coats total… paint until you are happy with the coverage.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Now you can wipe away any excess chalk outline from your original design.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Add a ribbon to the backside of your board using strong glue like E6000 or furniture tacks.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Tie a thin little piece of ribbon or twine to the first ribbon for your chalk to hang from.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Wrap the piece of chalk several times with the ribbon and tie a couple knots.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign
DIY Wedding Countdown Sign

I added a bow to the top of my board and you can too.

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign

Every day or so you then get to add your countdown number to the board and increase your excitement of your special days imminent arrival!

DIY Wedding Countdown Chalkboard Sign
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The best part about this project is that you can keep wiping the chalk number away and your ‘liquid chalk’ lettering won’t disappear. It’s removed with water, so once your wedding is over this plaque can become just a regular old chalkboard.

DIY Wedding Countdown Sign

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Something Turquoise Photography // DIY tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk and new chalkboard paint colors in Ink and Raspberry Ice: courtesy of the editors at Martha Stewart Living // ribbons and rope: JoAnn // wood plaques: Michaels // nail polish: Mimosas for Mr & Mrs


Giveaway Details

Two (yes, two!) lucky ST readers will win one bottle of the fabulous new Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk! How awesome is that! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Contest ends 9/25/14 at 6:00pm. Winner chosen at random and will be announced on Saturday the 27th. If the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours another winner will be chosen.

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