chalkboard

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I’m jumping on the chalkboard bandwagon!  Have you jumped on yet?

diy chalkboard

I wanted a large rustic chalkboard that I could have on display all year long so I enlisted my husband to help me make one.  It’s a very simple DIY project.

You can use any wood but my husband went to a local salvage place that sells reclaimed wood from old barns and buildings. One board cost around $8.00.  We love the character of old wood with the deep wood grains, nail holes and nails that were left in the wood.

rustic wood board

The first step was to sand the wood.  I even got involved with the sanding.

wood sanding

I wanted a fairly large frame so I can display it prominently.  The size that we decided on was 24″ x 27″.   My husband measured and then made the cuts for me.  For this project, we thought that simple straight cuts would look good vs. doing miter cuts.

At first, he was going to secure the frame together with these L-brackets.

wood frame

But afterward, he decided that just wood glue would hold the boards together better.  We glued the frame together and used large clamps to hold the wood in place while the glue dried.

wood work bench

frame

The stain I chose for the frame was Minwax Provincial.  I just rubbed it on with a soft cloth.

Next, I painted an old piece of plywood that we had laying around in the garage with chalkboard paint.  I get carried away when I’m painting and painted both sides of the plywood but you don’t need to.  We secured the plywood to the back of the frame using wood screws.

chalkboard painted

I’m still perfecting the art of chalkboard writing, but I thought this turned out pretty good for someone who hasn’t done it before.  There are some great tips and tricks that I will share in an upcoming blog.

chalkboard decor

This chalkboard can carry me through November, but I think I may change it out for Halloween and Thanksgiving…. and, of course, I will have a lot of fun with it during the Christmas holidays.