Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

Okay everyone! This is the big reveal! After a few weeks of tireless evenings working on this chalkboard project, I finally have a finished project for you to see. So, here is the  chalkboard example beside my masterpiece:

 

What do you think? I have to say a few things about my experience building a chalkboard like this. One: Very expensive. I have to be honest and tell you that I spent roughly $100 on supplies, and almost half of it was a repurchase, due to a few mistakes made along the way. It’s okay. Mistakes do happen, but it could stress your budget and take up valuable time. In order to save you from making the same mistakes as I did, I will share with you where I went wrong.

  1.  The Wrong Primer – If you are going to use material like pressed board as your chalkboard, you definitely want to prime with an oil or shellac-based primer first. This ensures that the board is protected from the water-based chalk paint, which prevents the board from warping.
  2.  Measure Twice, Cut Once – You definitely want to be sure about the measurements before going ahead and making your cuts. Wood is not forgiving, and if you decide to cut your chalkboard frame into neat diagonal corners, the 45 degree angles must be perfect the first time. Otherwise, you will have a hard time piecing the frame together in the end.
  3.  Don’t Use Expired Products – It can happen to anyone. You see that you have leftover paint or primer from your last project, and you decide to use it for your current one. Check the expiration date! It’s important when you are going for the look of quality. It seems like a good idea at first, until it spreads on too thick, or clumpy. Then you have real issues!

 

After two tries, my chalkboard came out exactly how I wanted it and I couldn’t be happier! Here is a list of all the materials I used for this project:

 

Lisa’s Chalkboard

Barn board (three 8ft pieces)

Pressed board (2×4 feet)

B.I.N shellac-based primer (small can)

Rust-oleum Chalkboard paint (small can)

No More Nails Adhesive (Tube)

Steel Wool (1 piece for sanding each coat)

Measuring tape

Rollers (foam)

Mitre Saw

Screws (For solid corners)

Power Drill

Accessories (Optional)

 

Directions

  1. Prime pressed board on both sides and along the edges twice. Be sure to do a light sanding with each coat. Make sure every coat is dry before the next coat.
  2. Paint the pressed board after the second coat of primer is dry. Do two to three coats, sanding after each dried coat.
  3. Measure 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 border and cut wood on a 45 degree angle for each corner. This will make a rectangular chalkboard.
  4. Seal corners with adhesive and screw in screws on top corners to ensure that corners are tight.
  5. Use adhesive to glue the chalkboard to the back of the chalkboard frame. Wait for the chalkboard to dry before adding accessories.

 

It seems easy peasy, but take your time. Some of these steps require patience and your full attention. I hope you will have as much fun as I did putting this project together. After you try it, let me know what you think. Is this project worth the effort? Or is it better to just raid your nearest Michaels and pay for a ready-made chalkboard? I know that you could not find a chalkboard like mine anywhere, and that is why I prefer it custom made! Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

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