All over Pinterest and Etsy you’ll find gorgeous chalkboard art. Fantastic fonts, illuminating images, rustic radicalness – all on chalkboard backgrounds.
As a child the chalkboard became my nemesis because cleaning it during recess was punishment for class clowns and chatty Cathy’s – which if you think about it was counter-intuitive – you have a kid with too much to say, so “let’s keep her inside so she can’t share that abundance of information with her friends.” Which lead to more chatting after recess and on and on…
Needless to say, it took me awhile to come around to the whole chalkboard trend.
Now that I have, I need a chalkboard to play on – so I thought I’d show you an easy DIY to ramp up your Holiday decor.
You will need:
- 3 1×2’s at 6 feet long
- 1/4 inch plywood or mdf (Medium Density Fibreboard) with a smooth surface
- 3/4″ wood screws
- 1 1/2″ pocket screws
- wood glue
- 2 hinges
- chalk board spray paint
- varnish (suitable for outdoors)
- 4 pieces of 1×2 cut to 36″ long
- 4 pieces of 1×2 cut to 14″ long
- 2 pieces of mdf cut to 18″ by 24″ (you can find some smaller boards at your local hardware store, or ask an associate to cut larger pieces down for you)
Using your Kreg Jig, drill pocket screw holes into either end of your 14″ wood pieces.
Glue and screw one into the tops of two of your 36″ pieces of wood.
Glue and screw a second one 12″ up from the other end of your 36″ pieces of wood.
Let that set for a few minutes while you prep your chalk board sections. Cut (or have it cut for you) your mdf down to 18″ x 24″. Using smooth, light, even coats – spray your chalkboard paint over the entire surface and sides of your board. Let dry.
You’ll want to repeat this step about every 30 minutes or so until you have three layers of paint on your boards. I was pleasantly surprised that one can of spray paint lasted all three coats on two boards and I still have some left over.
Go back to your frames and paint or stain them and let dry.
Before assembling your sandwich board, coat the entire frame with a layer or two of varnish (suitable for outdoors). You’ll also want to coat the back and sides of your chalk boards to protect them from warping – not the front, just the back and sides.
Once dry, attach your chalk boards to the back of your sandwich board frame. Pre-drill and use your 3/4″ wood screws to attach.
Lay your sandwich boards face down on the ground with top sections against each other. Lay your hinges on top of the centre seam, pre-drill and then screw your hinges into place on each frame. Note – you’ll want your sandwich board to close flat, so make sure you have your hinges positioned so that when folded in half, they lay flat.
‘Season’ your chalkboards by rubbing a coat of chalk over the entire thing and then wiping off with a clean, lint-free cloth.
- $8.97 chalk board spray paint
- $2.99 hinges
- $1.73 x 2 for the mdf (I used smaller, pre-cut boards)
- $2 per 1 x 2
- Chalk – already had
- Varnish – already had
- Stain – already had
Grand total = $21
Now I just need to work on my drawing skills – but that will be another post.
Have a great one!