DIY Chalkboard

Thursday, February 06, 2020

We built a giant DIY chalkboard for Kindred when we first started home educating. I could just see this nature-inspired, technology-free classroom with classic literature & illustrations...and then I saw the brightly colored classroom of The Moffatt Girls and I said 'Okay, that is definitely more Kindred." So, I hauled the big chalkboard into our kitchen hallway, apologized fifty times to my husband for changing my mind two days after the project was completed, and started over.


We grabbed a 5x6 board from Lowe's, 3x3s for the trim, and a miter box to cut the angles. 


We used a primer spray on the board.


Rust-oleum chalk board paint had the best reviews on the different DIY blog posts I consulted.


This is after the first coat. We did three coats and it still dried a little funky.
If I were going to attempt this again, I would use a different type of board than the one we used.


I would also have my dad cut the trim with his saw as the miter box either malfunctioned,
or my husband was just a little off in his measurements.
He says it was the miter box.

This board is very solid and quite heavy. The girls are using it to draw almost daily and they are so creative in their artwork!! I'm happy with how it turned out. 
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