In an effort to make my house a home, I have been trying many new things and have stepped out of my comfort zone in so many ways. It has been marvelous!
Using my background in design, I decided to design some chalkboard word art for our walls. I am super-excited about this, as it fits perfectly with our new ‘gray’ look and chalkboard theme (with a farmhouse type feel), that we are ever so slowly implementing! Anything good takes time, right?!
My first piece was inspired by Sally Clarkson and the words she spoke to her children in her book Own Your Life: Living With Deep Intention, Bold Faith and Generous Love. I designed it, spent countless hours tweaking it, and finally was happy with it and ready to print.
I had one small problem.
Well, really, it was kind of a big problem.
I needed a 16×20 print of the design. Everywhere I looked to get a print that size printed it would cost at least $15-20, if not much more. Sure, I could have found a way to get that money somewhere (probably by selling something we don’t need), but I wanted to make several more different quotes for my walls, and that felt like a lot of pressure. And a lot of time. I wanted to be able to print it and hang it immediately!
So I did some digging and ended up finding an incredible secret.
I found that you could print an engineering print at Staples for only $1.99.
BUT, your image is printed in only black and white.
No problem! A chalkboard design doesn’t need any color. Woohoo!
I Was A Little Nervous
To be honest, I was a little concerned. I didn’t know exactly how they sent the file to the printer, but I figured even if it wasn’t what I needed, it would only cost me $1.99 and I would just need to find another solution.
I ordered the print, and when I went to pick it up, I was ecstatic. It looked incredible! I have not tried photographs yet, but if you need to print something very large, I would recommend trying it. Most large prints are viewed from a distance, so you will probably be fine.
If you try it, let me know how you like it!
FREE Chalkboard Wall Art
All of you lovely readers have adored the design so much that I made the file available in different sizes for download. I am thrilled that this might help more homes than ours!
Please note that they do print it on a regular bond printer paper, so to ensure no wrinkling it is best to either matte it down or secure it firmly under glass in a frame. I put mine under glass and it was fine for me!
Where did you find that frame?
Many of you have asked about the frame. I bought the frame at a local auction for only $1. Woohoo! Then I spray painted it with just one coat of my favorite Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Spray Paint.
The frame is really unique and I was lucky to find it. If you want a deal on one, keep your eye out at yardsales or thrift shops. Or search for any 16×20 ornate frame, and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits your fancy! If it’s not the color you want, spray paint it to your liking!
Large Wall Art Examples In Our Home
Here is another example of a wall art and frame we have in our house using this printing method as well.
And one more example on our kitchen mantle: