I am so ready for spring! We’ve actually had a very mild winter here in Seattle but I’m still ready for a bit warmer weather and bright colors blooming. This past weekend I discovered that JoAnn’s had some new pallet inspired products and knew that they would be fun to create some spring inspired garden art.
I picked out a little sign and tried to find one that had the smoothest wood (I hate sanding and avoid it when possible). Spray paint and I are friends, I love how easy it goes on and the time between coats is a lot less than standard paint. For my sign, I used Rust-oleum Lagoon. I like to spray paint in my front yard with a tarp, this works because if I over-spray it will simply be removed the next time Brad mows (he had to power wash some previous over-spray on the sidewalk and wasn’t too happy)!
Once the spray paint had completely dried (I did 2 coats) I pulled out my secret weapon for this project – Rust-oleum Clear Chalkboard paint! I wanted the option to change this sign every once in a while but didn’t want a standard black chalkboard sign. This clear chalkboard paint is the perfect solution because it allows for any color to become a chalkboard.
Instead of using actual chalk, I like Chalk Ink Markers. The colors are vibrant and they can stand up to more abuse than standard chalk. Once the surface is primed with a piece of white chalk they markers easily remove with a wet paper towel. To prime the surface, simply rub the long side of a piece of chalk all over and then wipe it off with an eraser or dry paper towel.
The great thing about making this sign a chalkboard is that as the seasons change so can the words. I still need to work on my chalk art but it will definitely improve as I change out this sign.
Have you started planning your spring garden and decor? What sort of items are you planning on growing?