These babies sort of just fell together and into place. I previously mentioned that my insane Super likes to sell off ex-tenants old crap in the basement. So I scored two old vintage looking frames for 10 bucks.
After months of procrastination we headed over to Home Depot and stared at the lumber. The two of us are the most pathetic people in the world when it comes to creating things. Luckily one of the guys working in the lumber section pointed us over to the cheapest piece of plywood, and was able to cut it down for us. His measurement skills were a bigger fail than my own, but back to that in a bit.
Back home I set up my pathetic small workspace.
Yes, it's a hard knock life crafting in a NYC apartment, but all the squats I had to do to paint the wood as I hovered above was my workout for the day.
The paint dried surprisingly quickly, but when I tried to put the chalkboards into the frames they were too big! I should have seen this one coming. It actually ended up working in our favor. We went back to Home Depot a week or so later and they cut the boards down perfectly. We got even more scraps to make into MORE chalkboards. Right now we have 6 chalkboards for about nine bucks (the cost of the plywood).
Hammer a nail up and into the frame while lightly pushing down on the board
Here's the nail acting as a clip to keep the board in place
The tension created between the nail and the wood is keeping the chalkboards firmly in place. With that I was finished!
Our program chalkboard (instead of paper programs)
Our chalkboard menu that will be displayed as guests enter the reception area
A test run on one of the "scrap chalkboards"
Impromptu thank you sign from our second round of scraps
So, how do you like them? Do you plan on using chalkboards at your wedding?