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FRAMED CHALKBOARD



I used a scrap of leftover hardwood plywood and door frame moulding to create a framed chalkboard for our living room/office. I sanded the hardwood plywood first, and then added a coat of spray primer and 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint. Then, I measured and cut my frame using the door frame moulding, making 45 degree miter cuts. I stained the frame and added a top coat, then attached it to my chalkboard using wood glue and my cordless brad nailer. I opted to prop my chalkboard, but you can add D-rings to the back if you prefer to hang it on the wall. You can also add thin moulding to the edges if you don’t want the raw edge of the plywood to show. I left mine as-is since it isn’t noticeable. This was my first time using a miter saw and a brad nailer, and I found this to be a great starter project for getting comfortable with the tools.

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    1. Step: 1

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      Once you have your hardwood plywood cut to your desired size (they’ll do this at Home Depot when you buy it, or you can cut it down yourself), sand it smooth.

    2. Step: 2

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      Spray a coat of primer onto the plywood, then spray on 2-3 coats of chalkboard spray paint.

    3. Step: 3

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      Measure and cut your door frame down to size using 45 degree miter cuts with the compound miter saw.

    4. Step: 4

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      Stain your frame pieces and add a topcoat. I used polycrylic to protect my finish.

    5. Step: 5

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      Attach your frame to your chalkboard using wood glue and your brad nailer.

    6. Step: 6

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      Prop your chalkboard against the wall, or attach D-rings to hang it. Also optional: attach thin trim or edge banding to the exposed raw edge. Mine isn’t noticeable but depending on where you are going to display it, you might want to do this.

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FRAMED CHALKBOARD

by DIY On the Cheap
Mar 21, 2014
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I used a scrap of leftover hardwood plywood and door frame moulding to create a framed chalkboard for our living room/office. I sanded the hardwood plywood first, and then added a coat of spray primer and 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint. Then, I measured and cut my frame using the door frame moulding, making 45 degree miter cuts. I stained the frame and added a top coat, then attached it to my chalkboard using wood glue and my cordless brad nailer. I opted to prop my chalkboard, but you can add D-rings to the back if you prefer to hang it on the wall. You can also add thin moulding to the edges if you don’t want the raw edge of the plywood to show. I left mine as-is since it isn’t noticeable. This was my first time using a miter saw and a brad nailer, and I found this to be a great starter project for getting comfortable with the tools.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 2c3ba86b 5280 45d3 bca5 0854cf3e57ff

    Once you have your hardwood plywood cut to your desired size (they’ll do this at Home Depot when you buy it, or you can cut it down yourself), sand it smooth.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 74c8f19a 436c 404a b1b3 3bcab959372c

    Spray a coat of primer onto the plywood, then spray on 2-3 coats of chalkboard spray paint.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 1c8f2562 c109 441b bedc d90249641309

    Measure and cut your door frame down to size using 45 degree miter cuts with the compound miter saw.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 1a93ec12 542f 4737 ba57 2198f5ce4dcd

    Stain your frame pieces and add a topcoat. I used polycrylic to protect my finish.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 19e5d741 d5b8 4c26 aca0 59c30bccac05

    Attach your frame to your chalkboard using wood glue and your brad nailer.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge c4fcd61e a831 422f 87a1 c2ca18c75415

    Prop your chalkboard against the wall, or attach D-rings to hang it. Also optional: attach thin trim or edge banding to the exposed raw edge. Mine isn’t noticeable but depending on where you are going to display it, you might want to do this.