I have a really fun and easy nap time craft for you today!
I have been wanting a big chalkboard like Restoration Hardware carries for sometime. I knew I wouldn’t be spending over $300 on mine… (yes, that’s 2 zeros!)
My ‘shanty’ version cost me just around $15, and I had the whole thing finished and stained in under an hour. Here is how it turned out!
This really is super easy, and would be a great first wood project for those of you that are just starting out!
Here is how I made mine…
I found this chalkboard at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon to buy it. It made the chalkboard around $5. You can find these at most craft stores. If you want your finished board stained like mine, just make sure your chalkboard is framed in unfinished wood like mine!
I bought 2 pieces of wood from the hardware store for this project.
1 – 1x4x8 furring strip or whitewood board ($2)
10ft of pine casing ($.98 per foot at HD)
Now to cut your wood… I used my miter saw, but you can easily cut the wood for this project using a miter box and hand saw like this one from HD. This set is under $8 and you will be amazed at the number of projects you can do with it!
If you are buying the same chalkboard I did, you can follow my cuts exactly. If not, you can easily find your measurements by measuring the wood that your chalkboard is framed in! I measured mine using short point to short point. The wood will be cut at an angle on each side and the cuts will not be parallel. So, the ‘short point to short point’ measurements are the ones you see below!
Then, just use your miter box to make the 45 degree cut on each side… EASY!
I first built my frame with my boards. I used Ashley’s famous method to attach mine! Just use a little Gorilla Wood Glue and a cheap hand staple gun to attach your boards like this…
Next, I flipped the frame over (staples to the back), and attached my chalkboard using finish nails and wood glue. The chalkboard lays right on top of it, so this part is easy!
Now to make it pretty… To add the casing around the chalkboard you will need to make 2 quick measurements. Again… If you buy the same chalkboard I did, just use mine!
You need to measure the ‘long point to long point’ measurements of both sides of your chalkboard. Here are mine…
So… These will be the ‘short point to short point’ measurements of your trim pieces. Again… Easy!
To attach my trim I used Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails.
Don’t worry about imperfections! A little stain goes a long way! I used the same stain I used on my $15 entryway bench!
Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut
You can find it at Lowe’s!
I used painter’s tape to cover the edges of my chalkboard…
And gave it a quick coat of stain…
I knew I wanted to hang it somehow fun. I found this chain at Lowe’s for another project I will be sharing really soon!
I just used some cup hooks like these…
I spray painted them black and screwed them in the top of my chalkboard…
Just use some pliers to cut the chain to size and you are ready to go!
A few more shots of mine…
Hope you love it as much as I do! This would make a great weekend or nap time craft! I would love for you to pin and share it below!
Thanks so much and have an awesome weekend!