Happy Sunday everyone! We’ve been busy around here getting organized and finishing off last minute projects before Baby G arrives. Today I’m sharing one of those projects!
I’d been hinting (not very subtly) for a while that I really wanted a rustic-looking chalkboard for our dining room. So just before Christmas Nick built me this gorgeous chalkboard one afternoon. It’s simple and rustic, and just perfect for our dining room.
I have yet to practice my chalkboard writing skills, but once I do, I’ll be sure to post my tips and tricks that I learn along the way. I haven’t just had a blank chalkboard sitting in my dining room either, over the holidays I used it as a backdrop for our Christmas countdown. But now that Christmas has come and gone I need to get creative and use it (because now it’s just sitting in our dining room begging for some attention!).
DIY Rustic Chalkboard
You can click on the items below to see the product from Home Depot.
- 1 – 24″ x 48″ particle board
- 2 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine boards
- Rust Oleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint
- Minwax Classic Gray 271 (or any colour)
- Cut each of the 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards into the following lengths with 45 degree angles on each end using a mitre saw. Keep in mind the outside corners of the boards are the measurements, not the inside corners (see diagram above) – Board 1 – 50″ & 25, Board 2 – 50″ & 25″
- Stain these pieces with a stain of your choosing using a foam brush or paper towels. Wipe off the excess stain and let it fully dry. You can apply a coat of polyurethane, but it is not necessary since the frame will not be coming into contact with any water.
- Using a small foam roller, coat the 24″ x 48″ particle board. You will require 2 or 3 coats to ensure good coverage. Allow to dry completely between each coat.
- Lay the 4 pieces of the frame out on the floor with the stained side facing down, making sure that each corner is square.
- Place the 24″ x 48″ board on top with the chalk side facing down, keeping it centred on all sides.
- Using a nail gun and compressor, attach the board to the frame pieces using 3/4″ finishing nails.
- Sand down all edges using a 120 grit sandpaper. Feel free to distress the piece using a hammer and any other objects that will create some rustic looking marks.
- Condition the chalkboard by placing a piece of white chalk on its side and coat the entire board. Wipe off with a chalkboard brush.