I am so excited for how this project turned out! I have a plan this school year, but it requires a huge space that I can write and change each week. We have a blank space on the wall and I knew a huge chalkboard would be perfect.
The whole project cost me about $60 for everything. Here is what you need:
1 – sheet MDF
The back of the board is thin MDF from Home Depot. They come in huge sheets but the wonderful people at Home Depot cut it exactly to 6×4 for me. Have them cut it to the size you specifically want. I brought it home and put a layer of Brush-On chalkboard paint and let it dry for 4 hours until I could add a second coat.
While it was drying I measured my 1×4’s to frame the MDF. I laid my 1×4 on the side of my MDF and marked them about an inch longer than the MDF. Once I had my sides cut I placed them on the MDF, be sure to place them a little bit over the edge so the wood is more of a frame and the MDF doesn’t line right up with the wood. Then I measured the space in between and cut my top and bottom pieces that length.
To get a more distressed look on the frame I took our hand sander to the 1×4’s and rounded out the edges. The rounded edge is on the right.
You can see about how much I took off here:
Once I had the edges rounded I gave the whole 1×4 a good sanding to get it ready for stain. I used my favorite Minwax Special Walnut stain for the frame. Its warm but not too red or yellow.
Once the stain and the second layer of chalkboard paint had dried overnight we simply screwed them together. Place your frame face down and line it up how you want it, then lay the chalkboard on top of it and put the screws in:
We used little screws and reinforced the corners really well, and then added a few screws in the middle.
I bought a hardware cup drawer pull to hold my chalk. I just had to screw it in from the back.
Just a note for hanging the chalkboard – it is heavy! I made sure we could hang it on the studs in the wall. To do this I put a piece of masking tape along the wall. Then I used a stud finder to mark on the tape where the studs were.
Once I had the studs marked I took the tape off and put it on the back of the chalkboard. That way I knew exactly where to attached the sawtooth picture hangers. When I nailed the nails into the studs of the wall the sawtooth hangers were the correct distance apart.
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!