As I explained in my A Little Chat post, I was going to start introducing some wedding posts onto Annie Writes Beauty. They're going to be a bit of everything including the things I'll be making for the engagement party and eventually wedding because I apparently have a crafty side and I also want a place where I can look back on everything. The first instalment are the blackboards for the engagement party on Saturday. I'm trying to do as much as I can on the cheap and making it myself makes it more personal to us.
I bought four blackboards from Poundland, some wood paint and a paint brush from Homebase plus a chalk pen from Hobbycraft to create what I wanted thanks to my old buddy Pinterest. Everything cost me under £10 and I'll be able to reuse the boards if we wanted to as well! After setting up a painting station in the kitchen I got to work with the blackboards. I could've kept the blackboards as they were but I wanted to spruce them up so I bought a sample paint pot in Farmhouse Cream to go with the Ivory Chalk Pen. A couple of coats of paint and the blackboards were how I wanted them which then meant it was time for the fun part, choosing the quotes to write on them.
I've shared one with you in this post which is the Welcome to our happily ever after. I'd seen Welcome to our beginning on Pinterest but as we've been together four years it didn't make sense so we changed it. I'll share the others after the engagement party as they'll be dotted around the venue. Now for some little tips...
- Always cover the surface you're painting on, it makes clearing up easier.
- Place tape on the areas you don't want paint on to save the blackboard.
- Two or three coats are always better than one quick job.
- Invest in a chalk pen! Best thing I've ever bought.
- Research the font you want to replicate as the pens are a pain to get off.
- Always wash your paintbrush. I forgot & kinda ruined mine.