Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As we began to think about homeschooling, I knew I wanted a chalkboard to use. I wanted something that looked nice and was useful as well.
So, in my typical project-loving fashion, I decided to make one!
I purchased one piece of 36x48 bead board at Lowe's. The only reason I used bead board is that it was the cheapest - so the bead board side is on the back!
Then I bought two pieces of trim and had them cut - one cut is free when you purchase them.
I painted the large piece of board with black chalkboard paint. Then I used a mitre saw (thank you, Dad for purchasing this for a previous project!) to cut angles on each end of the pieces of trim.
I spray painted the trim with "oregano" colored spray paint. Then, I used nails to attach the trim to the black board from the back side all the way around. I had one corner that did not meet up very well, so that became the perfect spot to hang my enamelware "chalk holder".
I've already enjoyed having this, and know we will use it for many things in the years to come. My chalkboard cost about $3o including a $10 can of chalkboard paint. I found another same-size chalkboard online for $117 (yes, it was magnetic - but still)!
I have found that just dry-erasing this does not work very well. I need to use a slightly damp cloth to erase the chalk.