When we started working on our playroom renovation I was having a field day on Pinterest. I envisioned an oversized chalkboard, built-in shelves, benches for under the windows and a rock wall and guess what? I was going to build it all. Then, reality set in and I realized there was no way I was building all that on my own. Unless, I wanted the install to take place when my son turned 14 (he’s 2 now). I scaled back my plans a bit and simplified (less is more, right?). However, when it came to the oversized chalkboard I just couldn’t go without it but I was running into two problems:
- I couldn’t find the size and trim color I was looking for
- They were $600 or more
So, I decided to build the chalkboard on my own(with the help of my very patient husband). It ended up being quick, easy and less expensive than I imagined.
5 Step DIY Chalkboard
You will need:
- 8, 3×1 – We framed the front and the back to create an even writing service
- 1 sheet of plywood (we bought ours already primed at Lowe’s)
- 1 can of chalkboard paint
- 1 can of wood stain
- Hooks to hang the chalkboard (make sure they can hold the weight of the board)
*Time Saving Tip: Order online during nap time and pick up at the store when you have the time. Yay, no wondering around trying to find the nail aisle for 20 minutes!
5 Step DIY Chalkboard Instructions:
- First, cut plywood and 3×1 to desired size, (we made ours is 6ft x 4ft).
- Paint plywood with chalkboard paint and 3×1’s with stain, let dry completely
- Nail 3×1’s into the plywood
For more DIY projects and tips check us out on Pinterest. If you have questions, ask! I am happy to help.