Lazy Chalkboard Decor

Next month, it’ll be a year since I moved to Bedford Park from Castle Hill. (And still no apartment tour?! I’m working on it.) Time has flown by so quickly, I feel like I just got here and some parts of the apartment still look like I just got here. I’m still gathering art work and furniture little by little so I can really make it feel like my place – the place I imagined on Pinterest.

A couple weeks ago, I decided that I’d finally attempt to work on a project I’d been wanting to do for a while, which was putting a chalkboard up in the entryway of the apartment. Right above my intercom, there’s a hideous electric panel and some other mysterious door that bulge out, so hanging a picture flat wouldn’t work too well and being as I have no idea where all of the wires are behind the wall, I was not about to risk my life drilling into it.

I scoured the internet looking for crafty ways to do this, but I know myself. I love crafts and DIY projects, but I am simply horrible at them. I sadly lack the patience and attention to detail required for most of them – chalk it up to the flightiness of my generation (pun not intended).

In Michael’s a couple months ago, I saw an Elmer’s foam chalkboard, similar to one of those flat display boards you’d use for school presentations. I was already buying other things, but I did keep it in mind. After more patrolling on Craigslist and various other stores for a reasonably priced chalkboard (can you even believe how expensive fake vintage chalkboards are?!) I decided to take myself to Michaels and get that foam chalkboard.  See below for how it turned out.

This is what I had to cover. Ick. Since I can’t drill into this wall, I used a Command hook I bought that one year I dormed in college. (The angle of this picture makes the hook look a bit crooked, but it’s not.)

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I really didn’t want to have to buy anything for this project, so I used what I had in my house – Gorilla Glue, yarn, and packing tape. I stuck some of the Gorilla Glue onto two pieces of tape and attached the yarn to the back of the board. It’s important during this step to make sure that everything is exactly where you want it, because that glue WILL NOT come off. 

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This was the final look. All that’s left is to write a clever quote on it!

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I may add a frame later if I can find one that’s not too heavy. But for now, I like its simplicity and the fact that it’s covering those unsightly boxes on the wall.

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