I know I have talked about my Rustic Farmhouse Entryway for what is now the 3rd post, but I had so many requests for this chalkboard tutorial I had to share it with you! I actually made this last year for my fall home tour, but my dining room still isn’t close to where I want it to be… so I decided to move it into my living room area.
I used the cheapo 1×2’s for this project because they are only 83 cents a piece at home depot and well… you can’t go wrong with that. With that said they are pretty warped so you usually have to dig through and find a decent one. There are also a lot of knots and cracks in them, but I was ok with this because well….if I didn’t buy it like that, my kids would take care of it for me ; ) I beat them to the punch this time! haha!
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– 2 1×2’s @ 42″
– 2 1×2’s @ 38″
– Piece of 1/4″ plywood @ 38″ x 45″ (I think I used underlayment, but it’s been a while – I just got the cheapest thing I could find in the plywood section at Home Depot)
– Wood Glue
– Nail Gun
– Kreg Jig
– Rip Cut
– Drill or Impact Driver
– Chalkboard paint & paint supplis
How to make an Oversized Rustic Chalkboard
First you need to cut your 1×2’s to size and stain them. I used Minwax’s Special Walnut… one of my favorite colors. While that’s drying you can head out and cut your plywood. To do this I used my Rip Cut from Kreg Jig! This thing is AWESOME if you don’t have a table saw. Typically I get Home Depot to cut things down for me, but the aren’t always exact and I needed to make sure it wasn’t too small or too big for my frame. But who are we kidding. I wanted to play with my new toy! The rip cut attaches to your circular saw and allows you to create a super straight cut! You can read more about it here.
Once you have that cut and painted you can head back to your frame and get that all put together! If you notice in the first picture the very top piece goes all the way across. To attach these I used my Kreg Jig, another MUST HAVE tool to attach the side pieces to the tops and bottom pieces!
Now it’s time to attach the plywood to the frame. I put wood glue along the inside edge of the 1×2’s (don’t overdue it or it will squeeze out everywhere when you nail down your plywood. Then nail it down with your nail gun and appropriate sized nails.
As you can see I left a little space around the perimeter of the frame. I didn’t want the plywood going all the way to the outside edge just because that wouldn’t be very pretty ; )
That’s it! You are done with your new awesome Overside Rustic Chalkboard! PS if you have kids, they will love drawing on this!!
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Have a beautiful day!