To kick off my blog, I want to share my favorite DIY project to date. Our townhouse has several very large and daunting walls. Have you ever tried decorating huge walls? Let me tell you, they are intimidating….especially when you are on a budget. We have a large farmhouse/industrial table in our dining room and I just wanted a simple statement piece to hang over it. What better than a huge chalkboard right? I love chalkboards for the simple reason that you get to create your own art and change it constantly!
A lot of the chalkboards you see in homes now are actually painted on the wall. Before we moved in this townhouse, we had painters come and paint every wall, so I was not a big fan of painting black chalk paint on my newly painted wall – and I’m pretty sure the hubby wouldn’t have approved either.
So when I say large, I mean MASSIVE. My chalkboard needed to be 6 ft. wide x 4 ft. tall, so I recruited the help of my Dad and his truck for my trip to Home Depot. In the end, this project cost me around $50.
Grab Your Materials!
- Hardboard (the size you want your chalkboard to be)
- 2 – 1 x 3 wood boards the width of your chalkboard (mine were 6ft long)
- 2 – 1 x 3 wood boards the height of your chalkboard minus 7 inches (mine were 41 inches)
- TIP! Home Depot will gladly cut all of your wood for you. Lay your boards on the hardboard for exact measurements. Start with the longest boards first then go from there.
- Wood stain – I chose Minwax brand in Jacobean, but use your favorite!
- Chalkboard paint
- Small roll brush
- Cloth for staining
- 1/2 inch Screws
- Picture hanging kit (I think mine was up to 100 lbs)
- Wall anchors
Let’s Start Building your DIY Oversized Chalkboard!
- Create Your Chalkboard: Paint the hardboard using the roll brush and chalkboard paint. You may need a second coat. If so, let the paint dry a few hours (read back of can for more instructions) and then paint on your second coat.
- Stain the Frame: Use the cloth to stain the framing boards. Leave the stain on for 5-10 minutes and then wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth.
- Let Everything Dry: Wait for the chalkboard and framing boards to dry. I waited a full day for everything to completely dry.
- Make Your Frame: Layout your frame on the ground, just like you would if it was on the chalkboard; however, you will want the good side of your boards facing the ground.
- Place Chalkboard on Frame: Place the chalkboard (painted side facing the ground), on top of the frame. Fidget with this to make sure your boards are all aligned to the edge of the chalkboard the way you would like it.
- Secure Frame to Chalkboard: Begin drilling the screws from the back of the chalkboard to secure the frame to the chalkboard. To refrain from stripping the wood, make sure your screws are in the middle of the framing boards (which should be about 2 inches from the edge). Place a screw every 12 inches and continue until the frame is secured to the chalkboard.
- Attach Hanging Hardware: Now that your chalkboard is finished, lets add some hanging hardware to it! About 1/3 of the way from the top of your chalkboard, screw your hanging hook into one side of the frame (about 2 inches from the edge). Measure exactly how many inches from the top, you just screwed your hanging hook from. On the other side of the frame, measure the same distance from the top that you did on the other side. Screw in the other hanging hook. Follow the instructions on the back of the wire packaging to attach your wire between the hanging hooks.
- Hang Your Chalkboard: Now that you are finished, its time to hang it on the wall! Please use at least two wall anchors to hang your chalkboard from. These are heavy! Coming from experience, have someone help you with this step. My husband was out of town and I was dead set on getting my beautiful chalkboard hung and ended up dropping it on my toe! Lesson learned!
- Season the Chalkboard: The back of your chalkboard paint can should have instructions to season your board before you use it. Make sure to let the board dry for a few days before you begin to start drawing on it. When the board is ready, use the side of a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire board. Wipe off with a rag. Your chalkboard is now ready to use!
- Create Your Art! Below are a few of mine. Check out my Pinterest board for some more ideas!
I hope you enjoy your new chalkboard! I did this project last fall, before I had begin to start this blog, so currently I do not have any pictures to help you. I am so sorry and I will try to post some in the near future. If you have any questions, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I would love to see your finished masterpiece, so please post to Instagram/Facebook and tag me! You may get featured!
If you haven’t yet, check out my DIY Wood Sign!