Hi all, Martin here with a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Remember those porcelain chalkboards in school that took up an entire wall? I can say that I spent many frightening moments standing at that board in front of the class, forced to perform mathematical problem solving miracles that I always got wrong. Well today it seems like most classrooms have gone to dry erase boards instead. But I love going into a coffee shop or restaurant where they still use old fashioned chalkboards for their ever-changing menus. In fact, an artist friend of mine makes some decent cash as a chalk board muralist for local establishments. To add a bit of a vintage vibe to my own kitchen, I recently created a chalkboard with a weathered wood- look frame using Inteplast Building Products new Accent Planks. This is an easy one folks. I promise you can have it done in a couple of hours.
Materials you’ll Need:
• (1) sheet of 1/4" plywood (or 5.2mm hardwood sold as dimension) cut to 24” x 36” (I got a pre-cut piece at my local retail store.)
• (3) Inteplast Accent Planks
• Chalkboard paint
• Paint roller
• Picture frame hanging wire and eye bolts
• Hot glue gun
• Mitre saw (you can also use a circular saw and a speed square)
The first step is to cut your plywood to 24” x 36”. Next, paint the plywood with the chalkboard paint and let that dry. I used two coats, but just check out the recommendations for the type of paint you use. Don’t forget to paint the edges of the plywood too so the sides are less visible when you go to hang the chalkboard.
Now, let’s work on the frame. Measure and cut your Accent Planks at a 45 degree miter. You can purchase Inteplast’s Accent Planks at your local Lowe’s retailer. I used Sierra Brown but you can choose from a range of their prefinished colors like Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, River Grey, or a multi-color kit. The best part about working with these planks - no splinters, bugs, or mildew! And because they’re PVC, they’re easy to wipe clean.
Almost done. The next step is to affix the Accent Planks onto the chalkboard using a hot melt glue gun. Let the glue dry, and then you’re ready to hang it. Just attach the wire and eyebolts in the position you’d like—vertical or horizontal—and hang it on the wall.
That’s all there is to it. Get yourself some chalk and start writing reminders. If you’re so inclined, create your own chalkboard artist-inspired murals. Or, just keep track of doctor’s appointments like I do. Yep, I’m still old school when it comes to calendars. Until next time, keep up the DIYing.