Today I want to make a confession. I have a chalkboard addiction. I just might have one in every room of my house. I tend to do that. If I really like something; I repeat it... a lot :)
How to make a large, wow, it's really big (my mom said) chalkboard. My husband did the cutting and putting it together. Please forgive me for my lack of professional directions.
Supplies: Luan plywood cut to size at Lowes.
4 Pallet planks
Chalkboard paint, roller
Short screws, screwdriver
Some kind of saw...
Lots of coffee (save the grounds)
My husband cut the planks to fit around the edges of the board. He made the triangle pieces from the scraps to put on the corners. Now that he had the pieces ready but not screwed together yet; I took the plywood inside to paint it.
I placed the board on blocks and leaned it against a cardboard box that was hanging on a nail... We do what we have to do.
It took 3 coats and 3 days because the paint has to set 24 hours between coats.
I decided to try a coffee stain on the planks. I saved my coffee grounds, about 5 days worth in the fridge. I brought them to a boil, let it cool and then slathered the grounds and coffee water all over the boards. I painted the water on and used my hands for the actual grounds. I set them in the sun till they dried and then swept them clean. I guess you could use fresh coffee and grounds but I thought this was the thriftiest way.
Now, it's time to put the frame together. He turned it upside down and screwed the pieces together. The screws were short so they didn't go through the front.
He sawed this piece off the edge.
Next he placed the board (already painted) on top of the frame and screwed it down.
He carefully cut the edge off of the plywood.
Flip it over and this is what I had.
I took it in the house and seasoned it. You have to completely cover the newly painted chalkboard paint with chalk before you can use it.
Now comes the fun part! I clipped some Christmas cards onto some lights that I strung around the frame.
This was a thrifty project. Less than $30.00 and
you know I'll have fun changing it up with the seasons.
The best part for me is, it's narrow and doesn't interfere with the dining table chair, but it still makes a statement in the room.
I hope you were inspired!
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