When I was younger I dreamed about being a teacher.
Not because I couldn’t wait to change lives.
Not because I wanted to change the future.
Not because I wanted to make a difference.
No, I wanted to be a teacher because I LOVED to write on the chalkboard!
And dust erasers.
And grade papers.
Luckily, as I got older, those reasons changed.
But, I swear, the day after I walked into my first classroom, they pulled out all of the chalkboards in the whole school and installed dry erase boards.
I never walked into another classroom with a chalkboard again.
So, I kind of have a thing for chalkboards.
I’ve been trying to think of something I could put outside that would change with the seasons, and then I had an idea!
When I created this Vintage Ironing Board Turned Welcome Sign several months ago…
I made the mistake of selling it.
I told myself that if I found another one, it would be mine!
A few months later, a friend of mine gave me another antique ironing board, but due to its larger size, and bulkiness, I decided to use it as a table in my husband’s office and keep on searching for the perfect board for outside.
As time went on, I was tempted to sneak into his office and steal it! Surely it would work!
Lucky for me, my husband has since purchased and painted (on his own and with chalk paint I might add!) a gun case that fits in this space much better.
So, I decided to create a new welcome sign for the front porch, but this time… a chalkboard sign!
As you can see, the surface of the board was a little rough, so the first thing I did was sand the ironing board down so that I would have a nice, smooth surface to write on.
Next, I painted on three coats of chalkboard paint.
Once it dried, I was ready to start drawing… but first, I had some homework to do.
I started by looking up fonts I wanted to use for my sign. Then, I grabbed a piece of paper and sketched out my design.
Once I was happy with my design, I started to copy it onto the board.
I started at the top and worked my way down.
I wrote the words “Back to School” first, and then added the apple tree to fill in the top and sides.
Next, I added a school bus and the word “Welcome” to the middle. After all, it is a welcome sign and what’s a welcome sign without a welcome?!
Finally, I added the month “September”, and since there’s an apple tree at the top, I added an old bucket full of apples at the bottom.
Here it is all complete…
Can I tell you how excited I am to have my very own chalkboard that I can change every month??
I am soooooo excited!!!
I’m already sketching out one for October… I can’t wait to share it with you!
Would you use something like this on your front porch?