This is an age when we photograph everything. Breathtaking sunsets, family gatherings, events, before and after renovations and yes even our food! Go on admit it you’ve taken at least one food picture this week! But what do we do with these photos? Ninety percent of the time they stay on our smart phone or camera. We all have good intentions to print off and put in frames but will we? Here’s a really easy photo display using reusable Chalk Couture transfers which I’m sure will inspire you to display more of your wonderful memories.
- Unfinished wood surface approximately 9″x 18″
- Sandpaper course & fine
- Paint or stain
- Finishing wax
- Screw eye hooks
- Mini clothes pegs
- Chalk Couture transfer
- Chalkology paste & applicator tools
- Sealant spray
Prepare unfinished wood surface
Sand surface and wipe with soft cloth to remove all dust.
Paint or stain board as desired. One coat is typically adequate however if more coats are required let dry completely and give a lite sand and wipe down between each coat.
Prepare painted/stained surface with finishing wax before applying Chalk Couture transfer. The wax will help to ensure the transfer peals off easily and you get the best possible application of your chalk paste. This is a video I made very early on in my Chalk Couture business so it’s not the most professional but you will see how easy the process is. Simply apply a generous layer of wax, let sit about 15 minutes and then buff off. I like to then leave the surface overnight before applying my Chalk Couture products.
Fuzz, apply, chalk, remove. Yes Chalk Couture really is that easy.
Fuzzing your reusable silkscreen transfer is very important especially when using for the first time. You don’t want it to be too sticky, as if transfer is too sticky two things can happen. When you remove the transfer it may stretch and not lay flat for future applications which may cause bleeding. It could also pull the chalk of the board you just applied it to.
Apply chalk paste with Chalk Couture applicator. Depending on transfer and the size of the area you want to apply paste to, Chalk Couture has a variety of applicator tools. My favorite for most projects is the mini squeegee but for small spaces or transfers with a lot of detail I use the multi tool. Scrape off excess paste and put back into contaner.
Slowly peel back transfer to reveal your beautiful crisp, clean design! Try to avoid pulling off the transfer from the corner on a diagonal as this may increase the chance of the transfer stretching.
For this project I chose to use just one screw eye hook each side to tie the string on to. On a larger board you may choose to have multiple strings and use additioanl eye hooks.
My preferred hardware for the back of my signs is a sawtooth hanger. I like these hangers as it makes leveling your artwork much easier. The nails are generally pretty tiny so watch your fingers. I’m a bit of a klutz so I’ve hit my finger with the hammer on more than one occasion. With my husband being a carpenter you would think I would have picked up some tricks of the trade but alas I haven’t!
Now it’s time to display those beautiful memories. Mini clothes pegs not only look adorable but they make it super easy to clip your pictures to the string. It’s also easy to change out pictures as and when you want to. I purchased a big bag of pegs and roll of string from Amazon but you can also check out your local dollarstore or craft store.
So here’s the finished product, wouldn’t this make an amazing baby shower gift or decor for a nursery? Chalk Couture has so many amazing transfers your options for photo display boards is endless. I’m currently working on a couple more designs so I’d love it if you check back to my Facebook and Pinterest pages soon and let me know what you think.
Until next time.