My brother in law is handy and has every tool you’d ever need to build something. And since he loves building and making things we agreed that we would have a Bro/Sis Craft Day! Our first project was inspired by a wooden chalkboard project I discovered on Pinterest.
There are several different versions of this chalkboard online, but the one that caught my eye was from Modern Hepburn. When I showed my bro-in-law the idea he wanted to make one more “authentic” from scratch. Just in case our authentic one didn’t turn out, I purchased a basewood as a back-up (similar to the ones from Walnut Hollow.)
The one showed here is the store bought basewood. I completed the one from scratch as well, but the key is letting the wood completely dry before cutting it. I ended up with a little cracking and the bark fell off in places.
- Gray primer
- Chalkboard paint
- Brush or foam roller
- Silver drawer pull
- Hot glue gun
- Leather hole punch
- 1/2″ leather straps
- 2 – 3/4″ screws
- 2 nuts
Here are some images of how we made the “authentic” basewood. The first step was my bro-in-law trekking out into the woods on their property and cutting a few cross sections of a tree that had been cut down awhile ago. He planed two of the pieces to make them more even, and I sanded the fronts down to make them smooth.
If you just buy the basewood this step is already done for you!!
Prime the basewood with the latex gray primer. When that is dry, paint two coats of the black chalkboard paint (following the directions on the box.)
Once the paint is fully dried (3 days) flip the drawer pull upside down, and place it on the basewood where you want to glue it. Trace around the edge of the drawer pull lightly so you know where to glue it. Put some hot glue on the backside of the drawer pull and carefully place it on the basewood.
The last step is to attach a picture hanger to the back, or if you want to go the extra distance, a leather strap for hanging.
I purchased a 1/2″ leather strap from CocosHeaven on Etsy. Using a leather hole punch, punch a hole approx 1/2″ from each end of the strap. This is where you will place your screws. I added some extra hardware flare by using a nut on each side as well. Carefully drill the screw into one side of the basewood, and repeat on the other side.
Now you are ready to hang your chalkboard! Use the upside down drawer pull to store your chalk. It brings a little of the outdoors in. Enjoy!