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A Message on A Mantel

Americana® Chalkboard Paint

A Message on A Mantel
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A Message on A Mantel

designed by DecoArt Design Team

Deliver a message with this rustic mantel accent that you can personalize with Americana® Chalkboard Paint.

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Chalkboard Products

  • Black Americana® Chalkboard Paint (DS90)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • paintbrush
  • chalk
  • plywood board, in dimension of your choice (Home Depot)


  1. Wipe the plywood with a damp paper towel or cloth to remove any sawdust from cutting. Apply Black Chalkboard Paint on the plywood board in one direction (either horizontally or vertically).
  2. Allow to dry for one hour.
  3. Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat of Black Chalkboard Paint, going in the opposite direction from the first coat.
  4. Allow the chalkboard to dry for 24 hours. (This allows the paint to cure and set properly.)
  5. Once the paint has cured, rub chalk all over the surface. Wipe off chalk dust.
  6. Write a message on the chalkboard in a pretty cursive font.


We chose a house number and “Home” as the focal points for this mantelpiece accent, but you could also use the date of a wedding anniversary, first date, or home purchase. Or you can change the message to reflect the season or holiday.

To complete our mantelpiece, we used family heirlooms and mementos. Other embellishments could include a mailbox, vinyl decals, fabric, or greenery.