I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Mine was great, but it sure was hard to return to the 8-5 job after having a few days off! My family, along with my sister and her husband spent Saturday helping my mom move out of my sister’s house and into her own place. She’s excited to have her own space and she can’t wait to start decorating it, so I see a lot of fun projects in my near future. Not that I really need any more projects! I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, because y’all are going to think I’m crazy, but hubby and I are in the middle of re-decorating the dining room. Yes, you heard that right, re-decorating the dining room, the same room we just finished decorating in June! It has been quite an ordeal, but I promise you there’s good reasoning for it! If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that we moved into our house a little over a year ago, bringing with us only the pieces of furniture we truly loved, and replacing the rest, little by little, over time.
One of the furniture pieces we decided to keep was our dining set. We love this set (the Sourav from World Market), and I never thought I would get rid of it, but it was just too big for the space and was causing my poor husband much distress! Maneuvering around bulky furniture in a crowded space was really bothering him. So, for the sake of his well-being, I gave in and sold my beloved Sourav on Craigslist. We then picked up a smaller table and some chairs, that fit the space better (you may have seen a sneak peek on Instagram). Of course, as projects tend to go, one thing led to another, and before we knew it, we had also replaced the buffet and hutch that we recently purchased for the room. We still have a lot of loose ends to tie up before the room is ready to share on the blog, but it’s getting there. One part of the room that is ready to share, is this awesome chalkboard that hubby helped me make this past weekend.
It’s going to hang over the new sideboard we’re working on, but, if you look closely at the pictures, you can see that the sideboard isn’t quite finished, so we’re waiting until it’s done before we hang the chalkboard up on the wall. I’m being really brave showing you that mess of a sideboard, it’s one of those projects that didn’t turn out as planned. I’ve had a terrible time finding the right stain for the shelves (this is definitely NOT it)! The shelves will have to be sanded down and re-stained; and this time I’m going with the same stain as the chalkboard frame. The rest of the piece will be painted. It will be a great little piece for this room, once it’s finished. I’m trying my best to be patient, I don’t deal well with having my house in a state of disarray for such a long period of time!
Anyways, back to the DIY chalkboard; it was so easy to make! Thanks to hubbys great idea to use metal braces, we were able to skip the messy wood glue, clamping, and dry time that I had originally planned for. And since we were aiming for a rustic look, we didn’t even bother to miter the corners of the frame; although that’s certainly an option! Here’s how we made our rustic chalkboard:
1 x 4 boards (ours were inexpensive pine, in 10 foot lengths. We used two)
1 piece of Masonite board cut to 1” smaller on all sides than your finished chalkboard size
A screwdriver or drill
#6 flush mount wood screws
3″ zinc plated mending plates (4 count)
Stain or paint for the frame
1) Measure and cut your 1 x 4 boards to the size you want your chalkboard to be. Note: Your side boards will be roughly 7” shorter than your top and bottom boards (a 1 x 4 is really only a 1 x 3 1/2). Our chalkboard measures 34” x 54”, so the two longer boards were cut to 54” and the two shorter boards were cut to 27” (54 – 7″). You can also have your boards cut for you at the Home Improvement center, some stores will do it for free but sometimes they charge a small fee.
2) Measure and cut (or have the Home Improvement store do it) your Masonite to your finished board size MINUS one inch on each side. Our board was 54” x 34” so we cut the Masonite to 52” x 32”.
3) Paint the smooth side of your Masonite with several coats of chalkboard paint. Ours took three coats to get good coverage.
4) Assemble the frame using one bracket on each joint (we originally planned on using L-brackets, but since that would have required another trip to Home Depot, we used these straight brackets that we had on hand and they worked just fine).
5) Paint or stain your frame. We used two coats of Driftwood Grey by Rustoleum, followed by one coat of Special Walnut, by Minwax.
6) Attach the Masonite board to the back side of your frame using the wood screws and a screwdriver or drill, spacing them roughly 6 inches apart.
7) Attach your hanging hardware. The type of hardware you choose will depend on the size and weight of your chalkboard and the type of wall you are hanging it on (ie: drywall, brick, board and batten, etc.)
And that’s it! Easy peasy! It makes a huge statement in the room, is useful, and helps fill up quite a bit of empty wall space. Now if I could just finish the rest of the room (again)! I would love to hear what you’ve been working on! Please leave a comment below, or connect with me on social media.
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