I'm excited to have friends over this summer for backyard BBQs– and center stage (or at least in the center of the table) will be chalkboard candelabra.
This project brightens up any table– outdoors or indoors. And I look forward to changing the candelabra to tailor it to each event. Some ideas– the names of our guests, hand-drawn pictures, quotes or words. Since we're using chalkboard paint, the possibilities are limitless.
Full Disclosure: My VERY kind and handy Dad helped me out with this. He did the drilling part.
Supplies: A 2 x 6 piece of pine or fir (Actual will be 1-1/2” x 5-1/2”), primer, sandpaper, chalkboard paint (we used Krylon Black Chalkboard Spray Paint), 4 votives (you could use ANYTHING– small vases, up-cycled glass bottles filled with flowers etc) chalk or liquid chalk pens.
Step 1: My Dad drilled the holes with a 2-1/8” bit.
*Note from Dad: That is an expensive bit so you might warn readers to make sure of their chimney’s bottom circumference before buying one. A drill press would be ideal but I used a pistol drill.
Step 2: Sand and prime
Step 3: Spraypaint each side using long sweeping motions and allow plenty of drying time.
Step 4: Rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the top of the candelabra to "season" it. Gently wipe it off and you're good to go! Use chalk to write/decorate away.
Step 5: Decorate with chalk of liquid chalk pen.