Carley here with my first attempt at blogging for U-Fab. Now I know this blog post has nothing to do with fabric or upholstery, and that’s because we hope to bring you inspiration in all areas of life. We want to blog about anything that is inspiring and noteworthy. It goes without saying that we will be bringing you many blogs related to all your favorite upholstery and fabulous fabrics, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, let me tell you about a little craft project I came up with this year as a personalized Christmas gift.
While browsing Restoration Hardware this November, I came across these “StarrX bottle openers and thought to myself, wouldn’t a personalized chalkboard wall-mounted bottle opener be a neat gift idea.
I received a really neat tree painted bottle opener as a wedding gift, and since then I knew it was a great gift idea. But how to personalize it.. my painting would be so bad I doubt anyone besides my Grandmother would proudly display this their home. I played with the idea of decoupaging fabric on the board, but that would require me to think of a fabric that would coordinate with everyones kitchens.. and if you’ve been to our store you know how overwhelming narrowing down the perfect fabric can be. Then it hit me, why not do a chalkboard painted board, so I can customize each one individually and the message can change for whatever event the person may be hosting! Happy Birthday!, Good Luck Charlie!, Etc.
So here’s how these sweet little boards were made:
Step 1: Supplies (1 Board)
Step 2: Paint
We cut down and sanded our plywood ourselves. I’m sure the boards can be purchased from your local home improvement store for a higher price than cutting them down yourself. Or you could always hunt for some at a craft or dollar store. We gave each board two coats of black chalkboard paint. It dries very quickly, but you could give it about two days to set before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Template
Because your board may be different dimensions than mine you may want to use your own measurements to put the hardware in the right spots. We have two nails shown, the holes for the screws that come with the bottle opener, and two hooks on the bottom, that fit a piece of chalk (I found these at the dollar store, not the hardware store).
We made a little template out of a paper bag. We cut it to the size of the board, measured and marked our holes, then hammered a little picture nail to mark the spots that needed hardware, before putting the actual hardware in.
Step 4: Hardware
Once we had our hardware spots marked, we nailed two nails halfway into the board (leaving them exposed for the new owner to nail the rest of the way into the wall).
We screwed in our bottle opener with a flathead drill bit, but I did a few by hand too and that was easy enough.
And we screwed in two little hooks that perfectly hold a piece of chalk on the bottom of the board.
Step 5: Enjoy
Write a little message, the person’s initials, or draw a picture! Viola you have a personalized gift that’s practical and artistic!
If you have any suggestions on how to make the perfect wall-mounted bottle opener, please let me know!
Until next time,