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At my daughter's wedding reception, we will be having four different food stations scattered around the room. I knew some type of signage would be necessary for our guests to know what each station is serving. Chalkboards were the way to go. (And don't you just love that one of the food stations is the bride and groom's favorite junk foods!)
These doors were unfinished so all I did to prep them was wipe them down well with a damp rag. If yours has a finish on them or some paint, be sure you lightly sand them before wiping them down so the chalkboard paint will dry.
I used three coats of the chalkboard paint and allowed it to dry for three full days before using chalk on them for the first time. The paint needs this time to cure completely.
To transfer the outline of your words, coat the back of your paper with chalk, place it on your board chalk side down and use a pen or pencil to trace along the outside of the letters on the paper. When you move your paper away, a faint outline will be left behind from the chalk your rubbed on the back. (Can you see the "OUR" outline above?)
If you need your design to last a long time, a simple application of aerosol hairspray will do the trick. Be sure you apply it from a distance so it goes on thin and evenly. Do a few thin coats of hairspray instead of one thick one.