I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a good motivational quote, but I totally can’t stand artwork, trinkets, knicknacks and stuff with quotes on them. I just think that the words tend to lose their meaning when they’re staring you in the face ALL. THE. TIME. Case in point: we participated in a multi family garage sale a few weeks ago, and there was an entire section devoted to framed inspirational artwork and home decor peppered with loving words about home and family. People were trying to get rid of these loving reminders of family, faith and hope for no more than $1 a pop. See…proof that you get sick of ’em!
I’m constantly running across fantastic quotes that I’d like to see displayed for a day or two, however; so I thought that a chalkboard would be the perfect way to showcase some words of wisdom that could be changed out on a whim. I don’t have any open wall space in my kitchen, so I immediately thought of using some of the new chalkboard vinyl that I’ve been seeing all over the place. A quick Pinterest search yielded some gorgeous results (including this one), and I was inspired to go a bit beyond the basic rectangular chalkboard shape. I ended up purchasing chalkboard contact paper instead of vinyl, simply because Amazon offered it inexpensively with free 2-day shipping, and I’m impatient like that. I used my Silhouette to cut the decorative border, but an Xacto knife would work really well too. This stuff is smooth and super easy to cut.
The entire project took about 30 minutes, and I’ve been having way too much fun changing out the quote every day! I’m still not sure I’m finished with it though. I kind of like the idea of making some colored vinyl decorative photo corners for the top two corners, but I can’t decide what color to use if any. Oh, and just because someone will probably ask, I’ve been using wet erase chalk markers, but regular chalk works just as well too 🙂