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.