The latest trend to hit the wedding scene these days takes a page out of an elementary school teacher's book: chalkboards.
I know, right? Whimsical, youthful, adorable... and guess what. CHEAP.
Yah, yah, I know what you're thinking. Chalkboard paint is NOT cheap.
I present to you: DIY chalkboard paint (courtesy of the hostess herself, Martha Stewart)
Start with a flat-finish latex paint in any shade
1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout.
3. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
4. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface [work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage]. Let dry.
5. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
To condition your chalkboard surface: rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away reside with a barely damp sponge
P.S. - check out the above pictures! My favorite chalkboard craft (which makes a great favor) is the chalkboard paint on the foot of the wine glass. They double (or...triple?) as a wine charm, a place card, and a gift! BONUS.
P.P.S. here is a photo of my lovely friends, who got married this October in Seattle! I was so honored to be in their wedding, and they had some chalkboards featured in their photo booth.