Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easel Chalkboard

I saw this darling chalkboard and quickly fell in love but I knew I couldn't drop $100 on all its loveliness. So I did what I do best and Googled "Easel Chalkboard". There were actually a lot of options out there. I found a great tutorial for one that actually was more my style anyway. I ended up spending about $40 on supplies and the project from start to finish took 2-3 hours.

Don't be nervous about tackling this project. It really is easier than it looks and so quick to build! My sister was leaving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I knew this would be the perfect accessory on the front porch for her farewell party.  

Supply List (all items purchased from Home Depot)
* masonite board cut into two pieces with dimensions of 20"x24"
* lumber 2 1/2" wide, 36" length x 4, 18" length x 4
* chalkboard spray paint
* eye hook screws (2)
* hinges (2)
* L-shaped brackets (8)
* small tacking nails
* twine, ribbon or rope (12 inches)

Step 1: In preparation, you will want to spray your masonite boards with the chalkboard paint. I did three coats of paint, letting each dry before applying the next.

Step 2: screw wood pieces together using L-shaped brackets. You will have two separate frames when you are done here.

Step 3: Next you will need to paint all of your frames. I painted mine in a grey-wash. I used inexpensive craft paint mixed with about 1/4 water. I brushed this on and immediately wiped it with a white rag so that a little of the natural wood still shown through the paint. I was lucky enough to have a helper on hand who woke up early from her nap.

Step 4: Here you will also need to tack down your masonite board with small nails and a hammer in several places along the perimeter of the wrong side of the masonite.

Step 5: Next, you will screw in the eye screws at the bottom center of both frames on the wrong sides.
Step 6: Now screw both hinges onto the two top sides of frames. This is done easiest if you lay them both out top to top. I didn't take a photo of this and I should have!
Step 7: Tie your choice of ribbon, twine or rope from one eye screw to the other. I just tied rope in a knot on both eye screws. My rope was about 12 inches in length before I tied it.

For the finishing touch on mine, I had a friend cut gold vinyl dots for me and applied them at random around the frame of the chalkboard. I think this really added a nice bit of glam and I love how it looks!

I have to say that my first attempt at chalkboard wasn't too bad. I found a couple tutorials on Pinterest that helped. Basically I chose a couple of fonts and first designed it in Word and printed it out. I then drew faint horizontal guidelines on the chalkboard with chalk and lightly sketched the words. Once you have the words how you want them, go back and darken them up. Then you will take a damp cloth and clean up and chalk mistakes. 

I love how this project turned out! I can't wait to use it for future occasions like holidays, birthdays and baby showers! The possibilities are endless . . . 

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