I am so excited to share my chalkboard project today! I found so many great ideas online and received a lot of great inspiration from the blog world!
If you read earlier this week, I have wanted a chalkboard for such a long time. I don’t know what has taken me so long??? It really turned out to be such an easy project. Everything is always way harder in my mind!!
I already knew where I wanted to put it and had most of the supplies on hand…total I probably spent $40 to put it all together!!
Here’s how it all went together…
First, after measuring my space, I cut out a piece of metal that I had on hand. If you don’t have this option to use a piece of metal, I know that you can use a primer that makes your wall magnetic. Then I primed my metal and painted over it with chalkboard paint. The project took one can of each…and then a little of a second can, only because I follow the “more is always better” philosophy!
Metal Before Metal After Primer and PaintSo, after this was done I decided it still didn’t seem complete. I decided to grab some old picture frames that I had in storage and let the kids use them to highlight their artwork. They were already painted white…probably reincarnated many, many times previously! I took out the glass and hot glued magnets to the back of the frame.
This is what I used!
The painting went very quickly…many light coats back to back and it was dry enough to handle after only 30 minutes. I let it sit for 24 hours just to make sure that it was good to go.
Once it was dry I screwed the metal into place and removed the base moldings…obviously the kids are tired of waiting for a chalkboard, they were drawing on it before it was even up on the wall!
I saved myself some time and energy and bought moldings that were pre-primed and painted…I had no idea that you could get them pre-painted…wish that I had known this when we were doing crown molding!
Now to attach the moldings…my little secret…double sided tape. This is not the run of the mill double sided tape, this is the stuff that they use to adhere moldings onto vehicles. I bought it at an Auto Body supply store.
And the moldings went up lickity split! And, even better I don’t have to go back over it to fill in nail holes!
And shazam! We have a finished product!!!
What I love the most??? That my kids are so excited to use it!
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