Hey there! I am so EXCITED about this project today! Chalkboards, key hooks and a mixture of galvanized hardware and stained wood are a few of my favorite things and this project has them all!
1 – 1×2 @ 8ft.
1 – 1×3 @ 4ft.
1 – 1×8 @ 4ft.
1 – 1×4 @ 4ft
1 – 2’x4′ Panel of Tempered Hardboard
*This is a great project to put scrap pieces to good use! If you don’t have scraps for the 4ft. boards, make sure to check the scrap boards at the hardware store for a great discount!
I started by cutting a piece of hardboard at 19″x24″. You won’t even need half of this panel so you can save it for another chalkboard project:) You can have your local hardware store cut this for you! I used my awesome Kreg Jig Rip Cut with my Ryobi 18-Volt Lithium Circular saw. The Rip Cut is awesome for cutting down large panels like this!
I sprayed 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint on the hardboard.
While waiting for the Chalkboard paint to dry, I got busy making cuts for the rest of the piece.
I used my Ryobi Compound Miter saw to make my cuts but if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you can purchase the handsaw below.
2 – 1×2 @ 24″
1 – 1×2 @ 19″
1 – 1×2 @ 16″
2 – 1×3 @ 17 3/4″
1 – 1×3 @ 16″
1 – 1×8 @ 16″
2 – 1×4 @ 10″ (for fancy cuts)
2 – 1×4 @ 6 3/4″ (for fancy cuts)
Here’s the part I promised would not be intimidating! Once you make your 1×4 cuts, these fancy cuts are a piece of cake! To make them even easier, I have provided printable templates below. Just print, cut and trace them on your 1×4 boards!
Once you trace the template, clamp the 1×4 down to a sturdy surface and cut away! I love my Ryobi cordless Jigsaw! It’s very inexpensive and if you already have the Ryobi batteries, you only need the tool!
And, you don’t have to be exact on your Jigsaw because you can sand away the bad parts;) WE LOVE our Ryobi cordless Corner Cats! It is also an inexpensive tool and by far our favorite sanding tool. Notice it shares the Ryobi battery as well!
I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and nails for every joint! Attach the 2 – 1×3’s @ 17 3/4″. This will make the “shelf” part.
Now, glue and nail the “shelf” to the “A” pieces! I love using my Ryobi cordless Brad Nailer for projects like this! This is also an inexpensive tool that will share the same battery as the other Ryobi cordless tools;)
Front view of shelf. Now, set that aside.
Time to frame the chalkboard!
To attach the shelf, apply a thin amount of wood glue and nail from the back of the chalk board into the shelf and dividers. The bottom of the “A” pieces will be flush with the bottom of the 24″ 1×2’s.
Now for the finish!
Tape off right under the frame of the chalkboard before you stain. I thought it was easier to stain the piece after assembling (wood glue will not adhere to treated wood). The tape will protect the chalkboard finish.
I chose a classic favorite, Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain to finish this cutie! Just apply one coat with a foam brush and wipe with a clean cloth after 5-10 minutes. Do not wipe the stain completely off, the wiping just helps to make the stain even.
Now for the detail!
I purchased to galvanized brackets and hooks to give this piece some character! Just use small wood screws to attach the brackets! That’s it! To hang it, I used a large sawtooth hanger and anchored a screw into our wall!
What a great excuse for a “Collect-All”:) Again, this is totally a beginner project and the tools needed are very inexpensive and they share batteries! Go for it;)
If you love my DIY Chalkboard and Key Hooks, I would LOVE your pins and shares!
Thanks so much for stopping by and happy DIY!
I used a chalk pen to write on the chalkboard. It wipes away with a damp cloth. You can purchase the one that we love on Amazon below!