Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to take up a new hobby and expand on my skills as a handyman/weekend DIYer. Like any typical male, I went out and bought some shiny new tools. What next? I decided to get a little practice with a project that I could live with not going perfectly. I built a saw horse from plans I found online.

FInished Product: DIY Chalkboard

Which brings me to this project. My mom has been looking for a chalk board that she can use in the kitchen to jot down notes and recipes. After searching high and low, I couldn’t find the right one anywhere. Then a lightbulb went off, my mom’s birthday was coming up – why don’t I put some of my handyman skills to use and make one. I came up with a simple plan from scratch, and here it goes:

What you need:

  • Plywood or solid wood for surface area to your chalkboard specifications
  • Extra wood min. 15cm width by the length of your chalboard
  • Corner trim to cover dimensions of chalkboard
  • Two shelf brackets (2″ by 3″)
  • Simple hooks for keys
  • Finishing nails
  • 1/2″ wood screws
  • Picture hanger teeth
  • Wood glue
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Spray paint for shelf
  • Protractor
  • Angle square
  • Level
  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw
  • 4 – 2″ C-clamps

Step One: Cut wood background to size (in my case I did 28 by 60cm to fit into the designated space)

Step Two: Apply two coats of Chalk Paint. I did this over two days to ensure proper drying. You will also see a spray paint version in most stores, I’ve been told that application isn’t as consistent as with a brush. 

Step Three: Measure and cut trim using jig saw.

Step Four: Cut trim at 45 degree angles. Before attaching to backboard, lay in place to ensure everything fits. You may have to make some minor adjustments with the jigsaw or a sander.

Step Five: Affix trim with wood glue and clamp for about 30 minutes. With clamps still attached, nail trim on side to backboard using tiny nails.

Step Six: Cut and spray paint shelf. I learned that it is best to apply spray paint from about a foot away and lightly coat to ensure smoothest coat. Repeat this step several times waiting a few minutes each time to allow to dry slightly.

Trim attached and looking good. The trickiest part is done.

Step Seven: Attached a simple picture hanger with teeth (double check weight rating, this one is good to 20 lbs)

Step Eight: Rub side of chalk across board to create a thin layer across, this will ensure longevity. Attach shelf using simple brackets. Attach bracket to shelf first, then backboard. Hand screw in key hooks as desired.

Step Nine: Start writing and enjoy!


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