This is a fun and easy DIY chalkboard project you can do with or without your children. Chalkboards are great for kids rooms or message boards in the kitchen. With this DIY project, you can customize this project for just about any room.
- Chalkboard spray paint/chalkboard paint (roll on in a can).
- 2 inch wide molding (in whatever style you like).
- painters masking tape
- wood glue (I prefer Gorilla Glue or commercial grade adhesive).
- pencil and level
- 4 wooden yardsticks or 2 in. crown molding
- finish nails & hammer
Find a spot on a wall in the room you want to put the chalkboard. If it's for a child, measure up from the floor a comfortable height for your child to reach the chalkboard with ease.
Now at this point you have a few options. You can measure off and tape around the area of the wall you want to turn into a chalkboard, or you can get 1/4 inch luan to paint if you don't want to paint directly on your wall surface. If the chalkboard is going in the kitchen, you can always put your chalkboard on a cabinet door face or a pantry door, the space choices are limitless.
After you have decided where and what surface you want to create your chalkboard, go ahead and paint. Bare in mind if you chose the chalkboard spray, be mindful of the ventilation in the room you work in. If you chose to spray luan or a cabinet door, you might consider taking this outside to spray. Otherwise if you chose the roll on chalkboard paint, you can go ahead and start rolling.
While the paint is drying, take your yardsticks (for kids rooms) or molding and measure to frame your chalkboard surface. Of course if you chose to paint on a cabinet door this doesn't apply. It's simply a decorative element to finish off most wall chalkboards. If you want to paint your framing, this is a good time to do so.
Once both your chalkboard and your framing are dry, go ahead and attach it with your finish nails and you are done! Instant chalkboard and happy children or fun new message board! Chalk it up to another fun and easy DIY project!