Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"The Writing On The Wall"

I'd encourage you to check out the "Dining Room Inspiration" board on my pinterest page to find some great links to the talented people that I found inspiration from when brainstorming ideas for this room.

My first "AHA!" moment for this project was when my husband showed me how I could download fun free fonts to my computer. There are some great tutorials out there if you, like me, have no clue how to do this.  After he showed me how to do it I went searching online for "a how to" to pin onto my Dining Room Inspiration board for others to use (why reinvent the wheel?)

Next, I printed off some fonts to practice doing a little freestyle writing on the chalkboard (trying to copy what was on the paper and stay in a straight line and space everything out.) LOL...I wish I had taken a picture of that. Suddenly my expectations on how fun this project was going to be was going down the drain!

That is when my husband, who was sitting in the living room, piped up with...you could type something up and then use the projector to project it onto the wall and trace that. THE MAN IS A GENIUS! I didn't even know that we had a projector available (thanks Joel!)

I went to work typing up exactly what I wanted to communicate on the board. Attempting to make things as clear and precise as possible so that guests visiting our home would know exactly where everything was. 


Then we set up the projector on a chair on the dining room table to get the perfect height needed. (Before we thought of the chair we had a leaning Tower of Pisa pile of board games doing a balance act on the table.) It is so nice to keep thinking of solutions until you snag one that works!


My laptop was sitting close by on my desk so my husband easily attached the cords and got the projector up and running. 

This is right about the point where my excitement was about to go through the roof!
 

This is the moment where my excitement DID go through the roof!


We adjusted things and moved around the chair a little until we got the words bigger and everything was lined up straight. Then the hard fun part started: Tracing the letters. I grabbed some of the kids' unopened sidewalk chalk and thankfully had also bought some smaller chalk at the store in white and colored. The smaller chalk was the way to go for the size of the letters that I was doing. I even had to keep breaking off small chunks of the ends to continue having a sharper point to trace with.


It was interesting trying to trace the words at various angles so that I wasn't blocking the projector or wiping off anything that I had already traced. Working from the top down worked best as well as having a wet paper towel on hand if needed. A Q-tip also came in handy for fixing some letters. I didn't spend too much time doing touch ups because I liked the straight words but with the imperfect letters.


I was way too excited to stop and stayed up the two hours that it took to get the writing done. I knew that it would be hard to line things up again at another time so doing this all in one chunk was definitely the way to go.

I discovered that a paper sign works best to put under "Today's Java..." That way I could switch the signs out depending on which kind of coffee was being brewed and not worry about writing it in chalk. Originally, I had no intention to have regular & decaf at the same time but a game changer happened behind the scenes of this project that switched things up quite a bit (more on that on Friday.)


While I originally thought that this chalkboard would be fun to change up on holidays and birthdays I am now thinking we will leave it like this for quite a while (time is sanity!) However, it is awesome to know that at any time I can break out the projector again and create whatever comes to mind!


More behind the scenes posts...
Do you have a chalkboard wall in your home? I love the look and how easy it is to switch things up...most of the time anyway. :-)

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14 comments:

  1. That is amazing! Almost want to go buy a projector now! :)

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    1. ...or find a church that has one and maybe you could borrow it. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Ooo so brilliant! Never would have thought of a projector..... nice. Looks amazing I'm thinking you could totally land a side business writing all those signs in coffee shops. Plus they would need updating... job security?!?! Anyway wow what a job but looks amazing. I would love to know how / where to find the font sites Sam showed you. And maybe a little caulkboard paint would help on a project I'm been thinking about doing. -Becca

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    1. Becca,

      I can hook you up in the chalkboard paint department!

      ~Sarah

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  3. When I have kids I want to paint a wall in there play room chalboard.

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  4. This is such a clever idea, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I linked back to your recent post about your chalkboard calendar in this post (http://www.aninvitinghome.com/2013/03/monthly-budget-breakdown-february-2013.html) I loved your tip about sharpening chalk! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  6. I LOVE this idea!!! Can I ask you what font you used? I love the barista look of it!

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    1. Thanks! The fonts I used was a mix of Sail and HandyGeorge.

      ~Sarah

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  7. I want this sooo much!! Can we still your document and use it?? I mean....WHY reinvent the wheel right?? When you have totally mastered it!! Although we are those weridos that don't drink coffee so I would need to make some slight changes, but I love this!

    We just moved to Germany and EVERYONE...and I mean EVERYONE offers you TEA or something to drink. YOU have to have something, and I thought I was soo unique making my own coffee table, and then I see this one...WOW!! It blows mine out of the water.

    If you by chance could upload your template, I would be SO grateful. Now to ask my church if they might have a projector or someone that I could do this. AHHH I am getting that excitement building!! Now to stalk your blog some more..LOVE IT.

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    1. Catherine,

      I'll email you the info. :-)

      ~Sarah

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