This project was born while completing the One Room Challenge. In true Zoe fashion, I thought it was a great idea to add another project while already being behind on our to-do list.
There was an empty space above the high top table and we thought we needed to add something to the space. Rather than spending $125 on a chalkboard from Target that wasn’t quite the right size, we decided to add this project to our list! Luckily it doesn’t take too long to complete!
Let’s start DIYing!
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What You’ll Need
How to make a DIY Framed Chalkboard
Step 1: Cut your wood
Measure the long side of your chalkboard, it should be 36″, but it’s always good to double-check the measurement.
Cut your 1x6x6 down to 36″ or whatever your long chalkboard measurement came out to be. Then cut a total of 5 – 36″ pieces from your 1x2s. This will make up of 3 support boards, and two trim boards. Then cut your last two trim boards which should measure 25.5″.
Step 2: attach support boards
Measure the long side of your chalkboard, it should be 36″, but it’s always good to double-check the measurement. Cut you 1x6x6 down to 36″ or whatever your long chalkboard measurement came out to be. Then cut a total of 5 – 36″ pieces from your 1x2s. This will make up of 3 support boards, and two trim boards. Then cut your last two trim boards which should measure 25.5″.
Step 3: sand and stain
Sand your trim and front boards (we sanded using 80, 120, then 220 grit sandpaper).
Stain your boards. We used Minwax golden oak and then special walnut. We wiped the stain on with a rag and immediately wiped it off. Then we repeated with special walnut.
step 4: drill pocket holes
Go back to your support boards and drill a pocket hole on each of the ends. For the two boards on the sides, drill pocket holes that will be used to attach the trim boards to the back.
Step 5: attach trim boards
Attach your trim boards to the chalkboard by screwing in the pocket holes.
Flip your framed chalkboard over. You can stop here if you wanted a simple framed chalkboard, but if you want some storage baskets, keep following along.
Step 6: Attach the front
Glue and clamp your 1×6 boards to the bottom trim board. You can add a few nails on either side of the 1×6 board to secure it further.
Step 7: attach the baskets
Position your baskets on the chalkboard. We eyeballed the placement and then measured the distance from the side of the chalkboard to the edge of the basket to make sure it was equal. (if you want to spray paint your baskets a different color, do that before this attaching them to the chalkboard)
Screw your baskets on the front of the chalkboard.
Step 8: Hang your chalkboard
To hang our chalkboard, we attached 2 sawtooth hangers on the back and then hung it on nails in the wall.
There you have it! Now you know how to make your very own large hanging chalkboard with storage! What are you going to keep in your baskets? We love using it store card games!
As always, we would LOVE to see your photos. Send us a picture of your chalkboard on Instagram and feel free to reach out with any questions!