Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and this year, I wanted to add a little Valentine decor around the house. I had seen a bunch of these cute Christmas tree ideas using pallet wood. I thought it would be really cute to make something like that but for Valentine's Day. Of course, I found a way to incorporate chalkboard paint as well because it is just so fun!
What I had in my mind was to modify the ideas I had see with the Christmas trees for Valentine's Day. I wanted my Valentine version to be a place we could leave nice notes for each other in the days leading up to Valentine's Day, not necessarily a place to hang notes or cards like the Christmas trees I had seen. My one concern was being able to find chalkboard paint in Valentine colors. I found the BEST SOLUTION ever! I'm so excited and so excited it worked!
I didn't want the hassle of dealing with pallet wood, so I just went to Lowe's and bought 3-1×3 boards that were 6′ long each. Mr. T cut them each roughly into thirds. They were all about the same length. We based all of this on the space in which I wanted to hang the finished heart.
I then place the boards on the floor and began to approximate how far apart we wanted them in the finished product. I was trying to figure out if I needed all of the boards or only some of them. I ended up not using one of the cut boards.
For the heart, use newspaper or other large paper to draw your half heart. Once you have the half the size and shape you like, fold your paper in half and cut out your heart.
Place your boards all together. Hold or tape your newspaper heart in place and trace it onto the wood pieces.
It should look something like this when you are done with these steps. At this point you need to cut your pieces on the lines you have drawn. Mr. T used a scroll saw and cut the heart out for me. He said the top two boards were the most challenging because of the curves and angles.
Now it is time to sand and paint. Prime your boards, unless you want the more rustic look.
Here is where it gets fun to me! I was wondering through Hobby Lobby trying to figure out how to paint this project. I have never seen red or pink chalkboard paint. I thought maybe I would need to paint it black and use colored chalk, but I really wanted red or pink. Then the craft gods looked down upon me and shown their magical light! I found this Americana clear chalkboard coating!
I used three colors of paint; white, red and pink. To make the ombre look I wanted, I mixed up eight shades in the cups as you can see. The boards were painted. The lighter colors only needed two coats of paint. The darker colors needed three or four coats (for the red). Then it was time to attach everything.
We used 1/4″ x 2 wood that we cut to fit the back. Because of the shape of the heart, you will need three pieces of wood to attach all the pieces together. Use a book ro another piece of wood to keep the same distance between each board. I would recommend that you bring your pieces of wood that are at the top on the right and left down one additional board. That third board up has a tendency to get out of alignment with the other boards.
Mr. T added two screws and some picture hanging wire as our method for hanging up this heart shaped chalkboard.
If you don't want the wood that you used on the back to show or stick out from the front view, paint one coat of paint to help it blend in more. Next follow the directions on the clear chalkboard coating. It says to paint two coats, one vertical and one horizontal allowing one hour drying time. The hardest part for me was waiting for the 24 hour cure time…tick tock, tick tock.
After the 24 hour cure time, make sure you condition your new chalkboard surface by lightly rubbing chalk over the entire surface. Wipe your heart shaped chalkboard clean.
It is ready to use! Doesn't it look so cute! I'm so happy with how it turned out. The only two cents I can give you for your project, is to start your top board with a darker color pink. The white chalk doesn't show on the white and light pink boards. I may look for some colored chalk so we can use those boards. You can just learn from me and start with darker/brighter colors.
I used my baker's twine (I got mine from Pick Your Plum. It was an awesome deal!) and attached a piece of chalk.
Now we are ready to leave each other sweet notes! In fact, I noticed a new note today. It said, “Happy Snow Day!”
Now for some fun! While I was talking pictures for you all, Snowflake photo bombed my shot. Then Pumpkin decided to follow suit. I thought the pictures were so cute, I turned them into a Happy Valentine's Day just for you!
Happy Valentine's Day from our family to you and your family!
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