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How to Make a Large Wood Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard
I finally have my large chalkboard!  It took a while, because I originally wanted the board to be magnetic.  I could not find a piece large enough to serve as the magnet board.  I'm sure they are out there somewhere, but I just got tired of looking, so I used wood for the board.  I will eventually get my magnetic board, but in the mean time, this will do.

I've posted before on how to make your own chalkboard using old art work.  Today I am posting on how to make your chalkboard from scratch using wood.
 
We used molding from the hardware store for the frame.
We cut the molding at the corners at an angle as seen below. 
We glued it with wood glue and nailed them together.  The red strap was used to hold it in place while the glue dried.
When it was dried, I stained it lightly with oak wood stain.
 
The molding is 3 feet by 4 feet as well as the board. 
I sanded the board a bit to smooth it out.
Then the board was painted with chalkboard paint using two coats.  When the paint dried, we nailed the board to the frame.
On the back we attached picture frame hardware in order to hang it on the wall and that was it. Now I can use it to write schedules for the family and help them keep organized.  I hope that you enjoyed and Happy crafting!

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6 comments :

  1. Beautiful ! I think I need to make one next year :) What a great idea to use Christmas card as a garland !!
    Have a blessed Merry Christmas !!

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  2. You make it look so easy! I wonder if it's so easy even *I* could do it!

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  3. Hi, stopping by from the SITSgirls sharefest. I love the giant chalkboard. If you want to make it magnetic too, Rust-Oleum makes a magnetic primer that can be used under any kind of paint, even chalkboard paint. Here's a link to it on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-247596-Magnetic-Primer/dp/B003ZW7XL4 This turned out great, love the idea of just making your own, that way you can customize the size. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much. The reason I didn't use that idea is because I've used it before and the magnetic field is not as strong as I hoped. The magnets I have are pretty strong and don't hold well with magnetic paint. Thank you for the idea though :-)

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