While chalkboard painted walls look really appealing, their practicality just doesn’t work for me.
(You can read about that situation HERE.)
And although having a chalkboard wall didn’t work out for us, I still really wanted to incorporate some kind of large scale chalkboard in our house.
So I decided to make a custom sized, large framed chalkboard to hang on the wall.
3 – 1 x 6″ boards (we used pine)
1 – 2′ x 4′ piece of plywood (we chose a smooth maple 1/4″ thick piece)
1 1/4″ pocket screws
magnetic primer paint (optional)
keyhole hanging brackets
After cutting the length of your boards down to size
(cut two boards 58″ long and the third board into two 31″ pieces),
you will need to miter the corners at a 45 degree angle using a compound miter saw.
You will need to create a ‘lip’ on the back inside edges for the piece of plywood (chalkboard) to sit.
We used a dado blade on our table saw to cut out a notch
that was 1/2 inch wide and 1/4 inch deep (width of plywood).
Before attaching the mitered boards together, you will first need to drill pocket holes using a pocket hole jig.
We drilled 2 pocket holes on the back of each board for added stability.
After squeezing a small amount of wood glue in the joints, we attached the boards together using pocket screws.
Give your piece of plywood a good sanding with a fine-grit sand paper to get it nice and smooth.
Then wipe all of your wood off real good to remove all dust.
Now it’s time to whip out your painting & staining supplies.
Make sure you stir this stuff up good! All of the metal particles seem to settle at the bottom of the can.
I read that the more coats of this stuff you do, the more magnetic it will be,
so I gave it a good 4 coats with a foam roller, which I did over the course of a few days.
While I was waiting for the magnetic paint to dry, I set to work on staining the chalkboard frame.
Once everything is painted, stained and dry (which took us days to complete), it’s finally time to attach the chalkboard to the frame.
We started by gluing the plywood into the lip of the frame and then attached small little brackets (I can’t remember what they are called) to hold it all in place. We picked up the small brass brackets at our local frame shop for 10 cents a piece and we used a total of 14.
Then we hung it up!
We are very pleased with how it turned out.
It’s in the perfect spot to write reminders, notes, bible verses, and inspirational quotes.