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I can’t really take credit for today’s project because it was Robert’s idea. I was pondering out loud, actually talking to myself wondering what to do for an upcoming workshop. Robert blurts out…. “Chalkboards” So here we are making a framed chalkboard that would look neat in a kitchen or unique office space.
We’re using my favorite dry brush technique and video is included to see this tip in action.
Tools and Materials
Tools, wood, hardware and chalkboard paint can be purchased at any hardware store like Home Depot.
- We used a table saw for the blackboard and chop saw for the frame cuts.
- Screw driver and 20 screws at 3/4 in.
- Dixie Belle Paint – Hurricane Gray and Buttercream, Purchase Here.
- Cutting Edge Stencil – Happy Daisy – Purchase Here.
- Chalkboard Paint.
- Painter’s tape, stencil brush and inexpensive paint brushes.
- One 8 ft. Pine Board – size 1 in. x 4 in.
- Brown Peg board (without the holes).
- Wood Glue and a wall hanger.
Wood Frame Measurements and Chalkboard Prep
- Two Sides at 18 in.
- Two Sides at 24 in.
After the Frame pieces are cut to size then cut each corner in a 45-degree angle.
With a table saw cut the chalk board background measuring 17 in. x 23 in. Then prep the board with chalkboard paint following the instructions on the paint label. This is normally two coats allowing each layer to dry 1 hour between each application.
I recommend adding the chalkboard paint with a sponge brush because it won’t leave streaks.
Apply Frame Paint
First apply Dixie Belle Hurricane gray with one application; paint the top and edges of each piece. After those boards are dry watch the video to see how we apply that awesome buttercream color using the dry brush technique.
Lining up the Pieces
At this point the chalkboard and frame pieces should be completely dry so we can line up everything.
- Begin by lying the frame face down and gluing each corner, this is for additional support.
- Add painters tape to pull the wood close together while drying.
- When the glue is dry prepare the chalk board face down so we can connect everything.
Connecting the Chalkboard to Frame
- Attach the chalkboard from the backside using a drill and screws.
- Use two screws at each corner and three between each side.
- Screws should be shorter than 1 in. (measure with the wood you choose to use)
Add Stencil Details
Stenciling details were an afterthought but I couldn’t resist this fun daisy from Cutting Edge Stencils. If stenciling is on your radar make sure to apply with very little paint, you don’t want this to accent not overwhelm the project.
The final step is to prep your chalkboard before use. This is really easy, begin with a piece of chalk on its side and cover your entire board liberally with chalk. Rub it in with a dry rag and then erase.
Now you’re ready to hang and use this chalkboard in a way that compliments your home. Finally, the most important tip, Enjoy life!