Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ashley's Rustic Chalkboard

Hi all!  I want to share the fun project(s) I have been working on this week!  This is actually a project for my boys and I love how they turned out! 

This story starts with a chalk board that I made for a friend a few weeks ago.  Both of my boys were very upset that it wasn't for them so I promised them I would make one for each of them to hang in their rooms.  Well, let me say that they reminded me daily until today!  They are COMPLETE!

I started off with a 2x4 piece of hardboard that I purchased at Home Depot for $5.  I used my DeWalt battery powered circular saw to saw it in half which made two 2x2 chalkboards.  I then sprayed each one with Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint.

Now to frame them!

I found several fence panel slats in our garage...a couple were nice clean cedar slats leftover from previous projects but most of them were shanty like these two!  Shanty but FREE!

I sanded the muck off with my DeWalt battery powered sander.

Next I marked points to cut....

and zipped the ends off with the circular saw.

I painted 2 coats of Behr Forever Black on each panel.

and used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to secure the panels in place.  Let me tell you this stuff is like cement (which is great for rough little boys)!

Of course I had to personalize them!  I used my Cricuit to make stencils and dry brushed their names in Antique White Acrylic.

All together I was able to make two chalkboards for under $3 each!  Not too shanty and my boys LOVE them!  I can't wait to show you how I hang them in their rooms!

I made it with Gorilla Glue Link Party and Giveaway is next Thursday November 5!  You can get all of the information HERE!  We can't wait to see what you all have been working on!

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Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Those turned out great! My boys would soooo love to have those in their rooms. But honestly, I've been a little scared that there would be more chalk on their beds than on their boards! :) It's amazing what you did for very little money. Can't wait to see them in their rooms.

Moore Minutes said...

These are awesome!! Love the style....soooo, I have 3 boys and will be ordering 3 from you! ;)

Amy said...

I love it! I've been wanting to get the kids a chalk board, now I can just make one. And I am definitely curious to see how they are hung, and where you put them in the rooms.

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

WOW! LOVE the chalkboards. I have twin boys, I should do this when they get older (right now they would eat the chalk.. 16 months old)

Unknown said...

So glad your boys don't have to be without chalkboards anymore. They look great!

Gail said...

I love chalkboard projects and that turned out so cute for such little money.

Have a wonderful day.

duchess said...

Looks like they turned out great. Can't wait to see them in their rooms.

Heather Henderson said...

those are awesome. could you explain the dry brushing technique? I'd love to try out some stenciling projects. thanks :)

cindy said...

Great project! I think the framing you did makes them perfect. No wonder your boys loved them...I think it's great they are growing up with a mom who BUILDS stuff. :o)

~ Regan said...

Looks great! The black on black is wonderful!

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Rachel~Wildflower Photography Studio and Wildflower Creative said...

Super, super cute! I may need to make one for my daughter. :)


Cazra said...

That is so cute. I have been looking for ideas for the playroom. I am going to have to get some of those clothespins ASAP!

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