DIY: ChalkboardPosted: July 7, 2011
I come from a family of teachers, including my mother. For many years I would stay late with her after school and play teacher with my younger sister. We had the perfect setting- a real classroom- to let our imaginations run. We also did our homework, enjoyed Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookies and practiced our writing on the chalkboard while waiting for my mother to finish up her day. Many classrooms don’t even use chalkboards anymore. They are simple and classic and for some reason make me feel at ease. I never thought it would one day find its way into design.
This past winter I researched how to make a chalkboard. Every blog or source I read said how easy it is to DIY a chalkboard. All the sources also said to reuse an old frame that you love. We didn’t have one of those. So we hunted for one and came up short. The size wasn’t right or the frame was the wrong material or stain; we kept coming up empty-handed. Finally, I asked M to make the frame with molding, but doing that we could choose the size and the stain color.
Nearly $43 later we have a chalkboard- it will cost you a lot less if you already have Gripper primer and chalkboard paint. This chalkboard is also magnetic, due to the metal. Please note we did not purchase the magnetic chalkboard paint.
- Flat (heating duct section) aluminum sheet from The Home Depot- $6
- Molding from The Home Depot- $18
- Gripper primer (Glidden) from The Home Depot- $9.98
- Chalkboard paint from The Home Depot- $9.98
- 2 small foam roller- already owned
- Wood glue- already owned
- Liquid nails- already owned
- Wood stain- already owned