DIY Plantation Shutter Chalkboard

It's officially Summer ~ and I!  Backyard BBQs, friend & family gatherings, lawn games and the 4th of July are just a few of my favorite summer staples!  And when it comes to entertaining in the summer, easy, fuss-free meals and decor are key to ensure you too enjoy all the fun.  One of my go-tos for any event is a chalkboard and this DIY is perfect for the outdoors!  After sharing this over at The Handmade Home, I wanted to share it with you all here!
I love re-purposing old architectural finds and all too often I'll come across lonely plantation shutters.
What makes these perfect for a chalkboard is that by flipping down the wood slats, you essentially get two chalkboards in one and typically plantation shutters have a border that's perfect to leave as is for your chalkboard boarder.  Start by taping off the edges:
Then use chalkboard spray paint and give each side of the wood slats three thin coats, allowing drying time in between each coat.  
Once you've allowed it to dry completely remove your painter's tape:
Now you have an insta-chalkboard that's perfect for those outdoor gatherings and events!
Helpful Tip:  Chalk works great, but to give more contrast try chalkboard paint pens!
That's what was used in the photos above.
Wishing you a very festive summer!!