Monday, August 2, 2010

The Chalkboard

In our family, we are always writing notes and lists.  If it’s not on the refrigerator (with magnet letters), it’s on the whiteboard.  If it’s not on the whiteboard, then perhaps on the kitchen cabinet door (which I painted with chalkboard paint). When I saw this in Ashley’s blog, I knew I had to make it.

At Home Depot, when a piece of lumber is cut the wrong size, it is put in a separate section and then gets deeply discounted.  The lumber for my project cost only $6 dollars.  I used MDF for the board and 1x4s for the frame.  I primed and spray-painted the board with chalkboard paint.  Then I stained the frame pieces.

I used wood glue to glue the 1x4s to the board.  I pulled out milk gallons out of the recycling bin and filled them with water to weigh down the frame until the glue dried.

My neighbors were over while I was working on this project and they were nice enough to hammer these fasteners for me.  (I’m the worst hammerer.  When I hammer, there’s cursing and crooked nails involved.)

Now, this project would have been a lot easier had I had the right tools.  My thought was to use my electronic stapler to secure the board to the frame but after only 3 staples, it broke.  My neighbor suggested a manual stapler.  I started with that then ran out of staples with no replacements in site.  Luckily, my neighbors have a miniature Home Depot in their garage and let me have some nails.  (The cursing and crooked nails were kept to a minimum.)

I used two French cleats to hang it up.

Sun Kissed Boy #1 thought that it needed a little something.

Are you ready to make your own?  If you do, please let me know.  I’d love to see pictures.
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29 Sunny Notes:

Lori said...

Super job and I love the use of the milk jug weights!

gina3 said...

I am ready to make my own. I need a huge chalkboard and haven't been able to find the right one. I'm putting this on my "to do" list and hopefully will be able to make one in the near future. Thanks for sharing it. It's awesome.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Way cool! The size and the frame really make this stand out. Great work! Thanks for linking up.

Trisha said...

What a fantastic job-I love it!

Red Head said...

I love it! (and I love the name of your blog!) Great project!

www.thatredheadedstepchild.com

The Autocrat: Haley said...

ooo Very fabulous! Love it!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is great. I am going to have to make one for my grandsons for when they come to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Teachinfourth said...

I made a magnetic board for my photographs. It's hanging in my kitchen, scratch that; however, I was a bit lazy and bought a premade frame and then put a brushed steel plate behind it.

It does its job, and it looks great.

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow! Now THAT'S a chalkboard! It looks great!

Tania

The Boston Lady said...

I wish I had thought of something like this when my kids were kids. You did such a wonderful job of explaining the steps and then presenting the finished product. I really love it. With all the chalkboard projects, I am getting inspired!

Amber said...

Hopping over from Meridian Road. This looks awesome! And I had no idea Home Depot discounted miscuts! Thanks for the tip!

Tina @ www.commoncentshome.blogspot.com said...

I love the color you stained the boards. It turned out great! Fantastic project.

Simply Bungalow said...

What a great project. Love it!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

loved the not too shabby picture, haha. It looks pretty easy, I think I can tackle this project. Thanks for the step by step, easy to follow.

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

forgot to say, stopping by from Meridian Road linky party

Meg said...

I love it! It's freakin' huge!!!

Michelle said...

Saw this on somewhat simple. Love it!!

Ellie said...

I love that you made it the size and shape you wanted, and I LOVE the color of the stain! Beautiful!

Doris Snyder said...

It turned out great! Love it!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love large things for the wall and this turned out great! I love the rustic wood frame. The picture of you in front of it with the big bubble is so funny!

Holly said...

The bigger the better is my motto. This is great! LOVE it!!!! Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink a couple weeks ago...I took a little (unexpected break) but I am back!

Holly said...

Did you use gorilla glue by any chance? If you add a photo of it, you can linkup to the DIY Club challenge (www.diyclubinc.com - it ends tomorrow night) email me with any questions!

mama kt said...

where did you buy that french cleat?? need one! VERY NICE project done!!!
katie

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Oooo, I love how big it is and love the rustic frame!!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Ohhhhh there it IS! LOVE this!! The big beefy frame is perfect for that size of chalkboard! Swoonin' here...

Donna

Patricia said...

I love this chalkboard! I'm also in love with your mason jar pendant light! I'm so inspired and cannot wait to rip apart my kitchen {finally} and get to make it how I want it!!!
Thanks for always sharing! You are truly talented!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I love the size of it!!!!Awesome job. Don't mind me....when I find a good site I stay for awhile.lol

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great chalk board.

Anonymous said...

I just love this! What size MDF did you use? Thanks!