Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DIY Framed Chalkboard

I have been wanting a framed chalkboard for MONTHS. My sweet husband finally decided to help me do it for me. I think he did a great job too!! 

See...I helped too!!

This was after the 1st coat...we did a total of 4 coats.

All Done!!

I just LOVE it!!

You will need:
(1) piece of wood of your choice. We went with a 2x4 piece of MDF
(1) can of chalkboard paint. We used Rust-Oleum.
(1) paint roller-smooth finish
decorative moulding
(You will need to cut them to size. We did this at Home Depot. Be sure to leave
about 1-2 inches for the angle cuts)
miter saw
wood glue

Step by Step:

It would probably be best to prime the wood...or buy pre-primed MDF. We did not do either and ours turned out just fine though.

Step 1: Apply first coat of chalkboard paint (wait 4 hours), repeat 3 more times.
Step 2: Measure the length needed for your crown moulding.  Miter the edges at 45-degrees.
Step 3: Use wood glue (or nails) to attach the moulding to the wood.
Step 4: Paint the trim a color of your choice...we decided on white.
Step 5: Use chalk to write something fun and ENJOY!

***This is a pretty heavy piece of wood after the moulding is attached. If I could do it over again...I would probably pick a lighter weight wood. But, I didn't want it to be flimsy either.***