Good morning friends!
I'm so happy to be popping by today from Making it in the Mountains, where I write about our journey to renovate our first fixer-upper.
If you follow along with me, you'll know that we've been hard at work creating a farmhouse style hallway in our old home from the 70's (which is obviously lacking any of that farmhouse charm I love so much).
In all honesty, it was much more work than I had imagined and took far longer than I'd originally planned for. In fact, I've been griping about for weeks now on Instagram.
It makes me SO happy to say that we finally finished it up earlier this week and I couldn't possibly be more in love with how it turned out!
Turns out it was all worth it, thank goodness!
But, one of my favourite pieces in the space is this large DIY chalkboard!
Most of the tutorials I came across for DIY chalkboards were mounted directly to the wall or, if they did hang like a picture, they were much smaller than I had been hoping for. So, we actually designed ours to be the best of both worlds…
A large DIY chalkboard that hangs on the wall.
Here's how we created it:
Step one: Create the chalkboard. Cut an inexpensive sheet of mdf or hard board to the desired size (ours measured 4'x5′). Then paint it out with one coat of primer and at least two coats of chalkboard paint (I did three for good measure).
Step two: Build a frame around the back. If you want your chalkboard to be able to hang on the wall like a picture, you'll need to build out a frame for the back, which gives the thin wood of the chalkboard some support to stand straight and also provides a strong area to attach the hanger(s) to. If you don't want to “hang” your chalkboard and are comfortable just nailing the whole thing straight to the wall, then you can skip this step.
We used some pieces of 1×3, cut to length with metered corners and attached them all to the back of our chalkboard with some finishing nails, creating a frame around the outside edge.
Step three: Build a frame around the front of your chalkboard. Exactly as you did with the back, construct a frame for the front of your chalkboard, except don't actually nail on the pieces yet, as they'll be easier to stain before they're attached.
Step four: Stain the frames. Paint on, then wipe off your desired wood stain your frame pieces, don't forget to stain the outer edges of the back framing attached to your chalkboard as well. I went with Minwax's Provincial stain and wiped it off almost immediately to keep the colour a bit lighter.
Step five: Attach the frame pieces to the front of your chalkboard. Using some finishing nails, fasten each piece of trim to the front of your chalkboard, taking care to match the edges to one another and to the edge of your chalkboard.
Step six: Attach hangers. Be sure to find hangers that are designed to withstand the weight of the chalkboard (it's not incredibly heavy, but still) – we found D ring hangers work well. Attach one to the back frame on either side, making sure that they are level with one another.
And that's it friends!
I swear, nothing adds rustic farmhouse character like a chalkboard! And the bigger, the better, right!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!