There are two main advantages of making a DIY chalkboard. The first advantage is that you can make the chalkboard as large as you’d like and in whatever shape you need it to be. The second advantage is that doing it yourself typically saves money. Although in some cases (depending on size) it may depend on if you already have some of the basic tools needed. Obviously if you have to buy a saw or most household tools you need to build your own, it may not be cheaper. But you still have the advantage of size and shape customization.
- Thin molding or trim board
- Primer or other paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Sand paper
- Paint brush
- Wood glue
Cut plywood to desired size. (For an easier project, use “project ready” pine board that doesn’t require sanding.) Sand and paint the board with primer or paint. A foam or soft bristle brush works best. Let dry. Re-sand slightly, wiping off excess dust.
Paint with the board with chalkboard paint, following the instructions on the can. Cut trim board or molding to fit around the board. Paint or stain the trim or molding, as desired.
Attach the trim board with wood glue. Go one step further by securing it with finishing nails or wood screws.
As an alternative, you can also create a chalkboard out of almost any flat surface. This includes a wall, a tabletop, a mirror, a desk, a cabinet, or a closet door, just to name a few. As you will notice, it is somewhat similar to building a chalkboard from scratch.
Sand the surface of the object you’re going to paint until it’s smooth. There is nothing worse than a bumpy chalkboard. Wipe away any dust with a clean cloth.
Next, paint the surface with primer or other paint and allow it to dry completely. (This is a good way to use up leftover paint from a previous project.) Using aerosol chalkboard paint, spray the surface with three coats of paint. To avoid drips, always hold the can 8 to 10 inches away from the surface. Allow paint to dry between each coat.
There are different types of chalkboard paint. In addition to spray paint, there is also brush-on, colored, and magnetic varieties. Brush-on paint is typically used by schools and institutions. Colored paint is self-explanatory. Popular color choices include pink, blue, and white. Magnetic paint is ideal for children’s boards because not only can you write on it, but magnets stick to the paint, as well.
If you are painting a wall, it is recommended that you use painter’s tape to outline the area you will be painting. This helps to ensure that you paint only that spot that you intend to. Wash the wall with mild dish detergent prior to painting. Doing so thoroughly removes dirt and oil from the surface.
You can also make the board into a calendar or a chore chart simply by making boxes or columns with the painters tape and then spraying paint between them.
Prior to using your homemade chalkboard, first rub a piece of chalk (held lengthwise against the board) over the entire area. This acts as a dry lubricant that helps to prevent future scratches. Wipe with a damp cloth and let dry completely.
For best results, always wash your DIY chalkboard using a circular motion and never use chalk that has a shiny exterior.
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