A few weeks ago I shared our rain gutter bookshelf project, which is working out beautifully. Since school is sneaking up on us and I am busy getting our school room up to snuff, I wanted to show you how we created a vintage inspired school room chalkboard. This project really cost me nothing, as I already had all the supplies. Even if you were to go buy the supplies, I can tell you it would be minimal. This was a quick and easy project-my favorite kind!
How to make a chalkboard on the wall
2. I used Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint available at home improvement stores. There is plenty of paint in the can for multiple projects.
3. Apply with a dense foam roller and be sure to smooth out roller lines and avoid drips. The foam rollers are best for smooth finishes.
4. Let dry 30 minutes between coats. I applied 3 coats.
Remove the blue tape right away after finishing the last coat.
Leave painted chalkboard area for 3 days to cure before writing on surface.
Wanting to achieve a vintage inspired chalkboard, I decided to add a yardstick frame and make it appear as old. Here are the steps I took to achieve the vintage frame.
1. I didn’t have antique yardsticks so I used new ones I had purchased from Walmart. Cheap and easy!
2. I used 5 yardsticks total for the size of my chalkboard. Of course this is going to vary depending on the size of your chalkboard. We nailed the 4 full length yardsticks first in the places we wanted them first with a nail gun and small finishing nails. Then we used a small hacksaw for cutting the shorter pieces to fill in the gaps, and nailed those in place. It was so quick and easy.
3. I then applied Minwax water based stain. I rubbed it on and right off. Mine was Walnut color.
4. I repeated the application of stain a couple times till I got the desired color I was wanting.
This is how the chalkboard looked with just the yardsticks attached. Very awesome.
We then nailed on a piece of quarter round molding for a chalk rest.
This step is out of order! We actually attached the chalk rest before I applied the stain.
After all the stain was dry I rubbed the entire yardstick frame and chalk rest in a paste wax. Using a soft rag I applied and buffed it. I put on 2-3 coats of wax. This gave the frame an even better look that mimics old yardsticks.
1. Be sure to “season” your chalkboard before allowing anyone to write on the board, by covering the whole surface with chalk then wipe off. This will create the rubbed look of a chalkboard, and keep the first words you draw on to stick permanently. You want to create the “chalky” gray surface. My kids had a blast helping me with this.
2. I spray painted a ball jar ring and left the top open to make a chalk jar that sits close by for extra chalk.
3. Here is what the chalk rest looks like with all our fun bright chalk lined up–so inspiring!
Now have fun creating with your new chalkboard!
My kids love coming in and doodling to their hearts content.
Anyone for rainbows and spiders?
You might just have fun doodling on your chalkboard with your kids! After all, who doesn’t like drawing on the wall? A wall chalkboard is the perfect canvas for letting the imagination loose. Perfectly fun, cheap and easy!