So, you want one of those ridiculously ginormous chalkboards? Don’t have a local giant chalkboard dealer? Really don’t want to paint on your pretty walls with chalkboard paint?
I have a solution – how to make an oversize chalkboard using some “leftovers” that most have around the workshop. OR you can easily pick up these materials from the local hardware store without breaking the bank. I really wanted to make one but had mixed emotions because….I absolutely HATE the feeling of chalk on my hands. As a teacher, this is a highly amusing issue when I need to write on the chalkboard. Like everyday.
But I digress.
First, determine the size of your soon to be chalkboard. Mine is 24 X 57 – yeah, weird measurements because I was using what I had AND I have a small space to fit the board.
Second, gather your materials:
- crown molding or trim boards (that’s what I used) that you find fancy
- paint for molding (I used a Valspar sample called “Mountain Smoke”)
- large piece of pine paneling OR the backside of beadboard (this is about leftover materials) OR any other smooth piece of lightweight flat wood
- chalkboard paint
- wood putty
- sawtooth hangers
This project was about using what I had and NOT buying any new materials. Bird poop covered trim boards? Check.
But a little bit of cleaning and a few coats of “Mountain Smoke” and bam! Good as new. If new was an awesome gray colored trim board.
FYI – I am in love with Wooster paint brushes. Use them people, they paint so smoothly and once you get over the sticker shock, you will be immensely happy with the results.
The chalkboard itself is the backside of some leftover bead board that I sanded down and painted with leftover Valspar Chalkboard paint.
I have limited experience with chalkboard paint and have never used the spray paint variation but I will say that it was super easy. Use a foam roller and give it 2 coats MAX. I did learn that the more you “goop” on, the rougher the texture. So don’t goop.
While the chalkboard paint is drying, put the frame pieces together using a nail gun OR small screws and wood glue. The frame will be a little wobbly because it is fairly large but the board will help to stabilize the whole she-bang.
Once the paint is dry you need to season the chalkboard BEFORE you write a darn thing on it. If you don’t (seriously just season the darn thing) the very first item you write on your lovely board will be the one the sticks. Literally. To season, simply rub a piece of chalk flat wise all over the board – first in one direction and then the other direction. This paint is super porous and if you decide not to listen to my advice (really?!?) then you will allow the first item to permeate those pores and stick. Check out this Pinterest find if you want more info.
After you have seasoned use a wet cloth to wipe the board down before you begin the final assembly. Attach the board to the back of the frame using a nail gun or some serious wood glue.
Fill in any nail holes with wood putty, sand, and repaint those parts. You are almost ready to hang this bad board boy. Last step – hangers. I used the sawtooth hangers that allow you to adjust the frame. Gently nail 2 onto the upper corners of the back of the board.
Hang and annoy your husband with the various chalk dust floating throughout the house.
A few beauty shots….I’m able to plan out a week’s worth of dinners AND write my grocery list on top. Perfect.
I think it goes well with the barnwood dog dish feeder – thoughts?