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DIY Family Chalkboard

A large chalkboard in your kitchen or by the front door, is a great way to keep your family organized, and it is actually very easy and inexpensive to make. Luckily, our staff member Megan, is a DIY chalkboard expert. Today on the Love Child Blog she provides us with instructions for how to make our very own family chalkboard.  Take it away Megan…

Hi everyone!

I’m providing you with two different options for making a chalkboard. For Option 1, you will paint a chalkboard right onto your wall or cupboard door, so no plywood or hanging supplies are needed. For Option 2, you will make a chalkboard out of a piece of plywood, then attach it to the wall.

What you need:

  • Chalk board paint – the Benjamin Moore brand works really well
  • Primer if needed and/or wanted (if painting chalk board paint onto an unfinished surface, this may be wanted to reduce the amount of chalk paint needed. If painting onto a smooth surface, it might not be necessary)
  • Plastic painting tray
  • Roller – can be purchased at hardware store (they can recommend the size based on the piece you are painting)
  • Painters tape if required – can be purchased at either paint store or hardware store
  • Chalk! I got a huge box from staples with the teacher’s holder so my hands don’t get messy every time!

(For option 2 only)

  • Piece of light-weight plywood cut to size of your choice (from the building supply store)
  • For smaller, lighter chalkboards, a picture hanging set that is appropriate for the weight of your board, for attaching chalkboard to the wall
  • For larger, heavier chalkboards, drywall screws and a drill, for attaching the chalkboard to the wall

 

Creating a chalkboard wall on an existing wall in your home (Option 1)

  1. Decide your desired location for your chalk wall. I recommend a place where you will be looking at it all the time so it stays relevant, up to date and well used by the whole family (kitchen is a great spot)
  2. Use painters tape to frame the space you would like to cover (this way you don’t need to add an actual frame- the space around it will just look like one!)
  3. No primer necessary depending on what surface you are painting on (consult paint store or hardware store for advice)
  4. Stir paint thoroughly
  5. Pour chalk paint into painting tray
  6. Use a roller to apply chalk paint to your space
  7. Apply two coats and be sure to let it dry fully in between each coat
  8. Clean all brushes, rollers and tray thoroughly after each application
  9. Cover the whole board with chalk and wipe clean before using
  10. For best cleaning results after each use, wipe board with dry cloth first to remove chalk, then wipe with a wet cloth (2 times if necessary) until completely clean
This is the family chalkboard I made for my kitchen. It looks framed but the border is actually just the side of the cupboard. I used painter's tape for this effect.
This is the family chalkboard I made for my kitchen. It looks framed but the border is actually just the side of the cupboard. I used painter’s tape for this effect.

Creating a chalkboard to hang on the wall (Option 2)

  1. Purchase your piece of plywood or smooth wood (thin so that it is not too heavy) and picture hanging supplies from a hardware store such as Home Depot
  2. Purchase paint and supplies from a hardware store or a paint store
  3. Lay the wood on supports somewhere you can move around it – recommend the garage so that the fumes (although low VOC) are not in your home and your kiddo’s paws aren’t in wet paint!
  4. Stir paint thoroughly
  5. Pour primer into paint tray and roll onto the wood
  6. Let the primer dry completely
  7. Clean all brushes, rollers and tray thoroughly
  8. Pour chalk paint into a paint tray
  9. Role chalk paint onto the board with a roller
  10. Use a brush to paint the edges of the wood if necessary
  11. Clean all brushes, rollers and tray thoroughly
  12. I recommend doing 2 coats to ensure good coverage and consistency in finish
  13. Let the chalk paint dry completely
  14. Hang in desired location using either screws and a drill or the picture hanging set
  15. Cover the whole board with chalk and wipe clean before using
  16. For best cleaning results after each use, wipe board with dry cloth first to remove chalk, then wipe with a wet cloth (2 times if necessary) until completely clean
Here is the hanging chalkboard I made for the Love Child Organics' office
Here is the hanging chalkboard I made for the Love Child Organics’ office

 

For both scenarios you can seek specific advice at the paint and/or hardware store regarding this process based on the specific materials you are using. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will help where I can!

Happy DIY-ing,

Megan


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