I have always loved the look of chalkboards in the kitchen. It’s a great way to jot down notes, menus or reminders. We created a framed chalkboard for our family room awhile back that I love to practice my chalkboard lettering on and Jaden loves to doodle there. We applied the chalkboard paint to the wall and then created a frame that we nailed directly to the wall. (Here’s a pic from over the holidays.)
For the kitchen, I wanted something a little less permanent so we would have the option of moving the chalkboard if needed. I’m really into distressed wood. For this chalkboard, I wanted to capture that worn look so that is exactly what we did!
Yet again, my awesomely handy hubby took charge of putting this together. I did a little of the sanding and distressing but once he knew exactly what I wanted, he went full steam ahead!
This little nook in our kitchen is really coming together. Here’s a pic of the space before the chalkboard:
If we had a full day to dedicate to putting this together, it would have been done in no time. Keeping reading to see how you can create your own!
HOW TO MAKE A FRAMED CHALKBOARD
(1) 2 ft X 4 ft Ready to Hang Chalkboard
(2) 1 in x 3 in x 8 ft Primed Trim Boards
Loctite Indoor Adhesive
Rustoleum Decorative Glaze
120 and 220 Grit Sandpaper
Hammers, Screws, Scissors, etc. Used to distress
Lint Free Rags
1/2 in. Wood Screws
French Cleat (Or any picture hanging tools discussed below)
To make life so much easier, Jerome purchased this 2×4 unframed chalkboard from Home Depot for $10. This board comes ready to frame or hang. There’s no mess of having to sand and paint your own. And this board was pretty lightweight which was an extra plus. You can purchase your own here.
He also purchased 2 primed 1x3x8 trim boards to use as the frame. This saved time with having to sand and prime the frame before attaching.
He then made 45 degree mitered cuts spanning the length and width of the chalkboard. Then, attach the corners using Loctite Construction Adhesive.
We allowed the glue to adhere overnight and used clamps for extra security.
Now for the fun part! Once the corners were locked tight, it was time to distress! I first began by using any and everything to make scratches, indentations and scrapes in the wood. This part is fun but can also be tricky. You don’t want your distressing to look too “intentional”. The purpose is to create a worn look that would naturally occur over time. We used nails, hammers, steel wool and scissors to create the nicks.
After the wood was distressed, I used a fine grit sand paper to smooth the wood and to also strip some of the primer. This step is important to make sure you have no splitting wood that could injure little fingers.
After the sanding was all said and done, we applied Rustoleum’s Decorative Glaze (which we already had on hand) with a brush. We then removed the glaze using a clean lint free rag.
This is exactly the distressing I hoped for! I didn’t want a white frame because our walls are white. I thought the distressing would allow the frame to pop just a little.
Jerome then cut the sides of the board just slightly because we did not want to see the edges of the board. This is all preference. You can attach the board directly to the back of your frame if you’d like. Once the sides were cut down, he attached the board all around using screws.
To hang the chalkboard to the wall, Jerome purchase a french cleat. This is also preference. We felt this was the most secure, non-permanent option since we have a little busy body. If you decided to use the french cleat, I will advise that your frame may sit out from the wall. We are planning to apply some velcro strips at the bottom so our frame will lay flat on the wall. If the french cleat is not for you, here are a few other options:
This picture hanging set is sold at Home Depot offers many options.
So that’s it friends! I finally got my kitchen chalkboard!