We headed to Lowe's over the weekend to purchase our supplies:
- plywood (I bought a 2x4 pre-cut piece for $13)
- chalkboard paint in the can (not spray)
- steel wool (sandpaper will work as well)
- paint roller
- painters tape
The process was simple, but time consuming. I spent a total of two days working on my chalkboard, but it could be done in one day if desired. I am very happy with the result, and am debating on whether or not we will purchase a frame for it - I kind of like the industrial look it has with the 'raw' edge.
Picking up our supplies - my assistant fell asleep on the job.
Step One: Use painters tape to make a border (this is if you are staining a border). I simply lined up the edge of the tape with the edge of my wood.
Step Two: Apply chalkboard paint using a roller. Apply a generous (but NOT thick) layer of paint, let it dry completely, then sand or steel wool the first coat. Paint second coat, let dry, sand. Paint third coat...etc. I ended up with four coats of paint because my wood grain was still showing through. (It would probably work best to sand your board BEFORE you start, but I didn't).
Step Three: After the final coat is completely dry, carefully pull tape off exposing your border.
Step Four: Stain time! Carefully stain the border of your chalkboard - make sure to follow the directions according to the stain you choose.
Step Five: Chalk it up - cover the entire chalkboard with chalk. This step is VERY important.
Step Six: ENJOY! Decorate and hang/lean your chalkboard in its new home. Super simple tutorial - give it a shot!