Chalkboards and chalkboard textures are popping up everywhere! From vintage schoolhouse antiques to options with a modern twist, they are a fresh, timeless and stylish way to add some design style to your home or workspace. This simple project is both practical, fun, beautiful - and a very efficient use of space.
I created this fridge chalkboard in LESS than 10 minutes (Promise!). :)
Materials you'll need:
(1) roll of black chalkboard vinyl surface material
(I found this at Hobby Lobby in the unfinished wood aisle with traditional chalkboards. It was $7.99 there, PLUS I used a 40% coupon. So less than $5.)
(2) tape measure or ruler
(5) chalk, of course
Here's a photo of what the vinyl roll looks like:
Measure the space you'd like to fill on your fridge. (Note: Those with little ones might opt to place it up high!) Wash the fridge space so the surface is clean and ready to go.
Roll out your vinyl, black side down, and tape to a secure, flat surface, such as a table.
Choose a shape for your fridge chalkboard. Mine was created by tracing a whimsical, curvy picture frame I happened to own. The frame itself was actually a little too large to fit the vinyl's width, so I freehanded a bit to make it fit. You could do a simple rectangle or square, an oval or even a shape you freehand. A large initial (maybe your family's last name initial?) might be fun too.
Just as a note: my board is *roughly* 17 inches wide by 23 inches tall.
Draw or trace your chalkboard's shape onto the white, grid size of the vinyl, which should be facing up.
Carefully trim your design from the vinyl material. Once trimmed out, slowly peel off the white backing, revealing the tacky back side.
Apply your chalkboard shape to the fridge's surface. You many want to use a small level before application - making marks or guides you can follow to ensure your piece hangs straight. I often eyeball things like this, and did so on my chalkboard as well. You will likely find air bubbles beneath the vinyl surface when you press and smooth it onto the fridge. I recommend placing and smoothing the chalkboard, then using a hard plastic card (credit cards and driver's licenses work really well) to smooth out those air bubbles. Using the short end of my driver's license, I started in the middle of the chalkboard and slid the card out toward each edge - going over all air bubbles till they are all gone.
That's it! Easy. Simple. Style.