I really loved the chalkboards in Ballard Designs…but I will not pay that price! Soooo….
I went to Home Depot and bought a can of chalkboard paint, a can of magnetic paint, and molding for the frame. The molding was already primed. I was trying to get someone to help me, but much to my chagrin, I had to saw the pieces myself. I cut a couple of wrong angles, but finally got it. I wanted my board to be 30″ x 60″. I just measured the inside of the molding and it worked. I had it all laid out on the floor of the home depot…making sure it lined up. I taped off my wall with my measurements and rolled the magnetic paint first (the whole can) and then the chalkboard paint. My hubby used his nail gun to put the frame up.
My kids have to look at it from where they sit & eat. So I use it to brainwash them by writing things like this…
What I would’ve done differently:
-Not painted directly on the wall! I would’ve painted on a 1/4″ board & nailed the molding to that…AND then I would’ve hung it on the wall…so I could move it if I wanted. The magnetic paint works fine…but not the greatest. I might’ve left that step out also. Otherwise, I love it! So do the girls…they pull out their sidewalk chalk & draw all kinds of pictures!
Go visit Nester for other chalkboard ideas!