Saturday, February 14, 2015

Large Chalkboard with Striped Frame - DIY

Like a giant sketch pad,

a large chalkboard is a place to play

with fonts, sayings, and designs.

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I used to have a whole chalkboard wall to write on.

I haven't done that in my new home

so I thought I would make a large chalkboard 

that I can have fun with.

This Chalkboard measures 36" x 48"

and is made with a 1/4" utility panel from Lowes

and 1 x 6 x 6 cedar fence boards.

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A 4' x 8' utility panel sheet from Lowes is about $14.

6' cedar fence boards are about 2.50 each.

I mitered the corners and used 3/4" screws to attach

from the back.

Fence boards are very inconsistent to work with

because they vary in width and they shrink

after paint or stain.

So, Wood filler to the rescue if you have any gaps.

Even after a frame is built, the fence board

can try to twist so I sometimes have to

attach a board across the back to stabilize.

I used about 3 coats of chalkboard paint

and 2 coats of white primer.

Next I laid out the diagonal stripes,

measuring equal distant from the corner 

to mark the first line.

I started out using a black and white mix 

on my stripes

but ended up tweaking that color with 

raw sienna to make a light brown gray.

I had seen this quote and decided to use that for now.

I marked out the spacing for the text

and then used a yardstick across the board

for a straight edge guide while writing.

A damp black t shirt rag

 makes a great clean up tool and eraser.

Good Reminders

It was fun to make a creative board for my home.

It will be a great play place.

Hope you're having a great weekend,


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20 North Ora said...

Deb - love the stripes and the quote.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Anonymous said...

It came out just wonderful! I just love how you painted it, so pretty! said...

Very brilliant, and love the stripes~

Feral Turtle said...

Ahhhh fence board!! It turned out beautiful Deb!