DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

I thought it would be great to start off this series with the DIY that was the design inspiration for the whole space. When I found out I was having a boy, I decided rhinos would be the theme (elephants and baby blue is overkill!) But I also wanted it to feel industrial, so a chalkboard rhino silhouette was the perfect combination!

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

So to start off, I am super cheap, and I LOVE to turn junk into amazing things. So for the canvas, I used an old piece of plywood. We probably picked it up off the side of the road to tell the truth.

It had lots of grainy wood texture which was perfect for the feel I wanted in the room.

I gave it several coats of good old latex paint.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Next I made a sketch of my rhino & started transferring it onto the board.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

It wasn’t the easiest thing to do free hand, but with the help of a magic eraser I eventually got the shape I wanted.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Next you need some chalkboard paint! You can see the Chalkboard Recipe I used HERE. It’s super duper easy.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

I started painting the edges first.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

The silhouette method I used is more of an ex-ray approach.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

You need to paint in reverse, leaving white lines for definition.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Here he is all finished and drying. If you need more white lines, you can always paint them over the chalkboard paint afterwards.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Next, you need to prime your chalkboard. Simply rub chalk all over the surface. If you don’t do this all over the whole surface, then your chalk won’t erase properly.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Next, just wipe the excess off with a damp cloth.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

I did a little bit of “shading” around the edges with some chalk. It gives it a less “flat” appearance. You can also use water to darken areas as well.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

Fingers work great for getting in the grooves for this 3D shading technique!

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

I even had June help me out! 🙂

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

And here is my baby bump & the finished product. I was probably 20 weeks pregnant with Jason when I made this guy.

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

I just absolutely, positively LOVE it in the finished space. Since we moved into our new house two months before he was born, I had to keep it in storage for months, so it felt awesome to finally get it up on the wall!

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

It has to be one of my favorite things about Jason’s new room (okay, the whole room is my favorite part, haha!) I just LOVE how it looks above his dresser. And the cute baby bear sleeper from restoration hardware was too cute not to hang on his closet door!

DIY Chalkboard Rhino Animal Art

We thought about framing it with reclaimed wood, but decided it looked awesome as is. Pretty cool what you can make from nothing, right? I am totally into designing on a budget/for nothing.

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  1. Anonymous

    May 16th, 2015 at 12:11 am

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for all of your freebies! This is exactly my style!:)))

  2. Ana

    May 16th, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Very cute!

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