Please don’t take offense at that title. I love anything for dummies. Just give me the bottom line, break it down, make it easy for me. Ain’t nobody got time for the hard stuff.
So our outdoor patio has been getting a few new touches lately. Since other things had gotten a freshening, I thought it was time for our wall-o-crosses to get some attention.
A few years ago (8.5 to be exact) I got the idea to collect crosses on trips that we take. Fast forward to the very next week when I came across all of these at Old Time Pottery for $8 or less.
Boom! Collection completed in one trip!
Thank you set of crosses. You kept us vampire free for almost 9 years. But it’s time to move on.
I thought a large chalkboard would be fun in the space and I decided to make it. Because why not?
I purchased 1×4’s and mitered the ends of the boards at a 45 degree angle. You want your inside edge (the short side of the board) to be a little shorter than your chalkboard so that the board can sit on the back of the frame (scroll down for picture).
For the board I bought birch plywood that is .2″ thick. Then I had the nice fella at Lowe’s cut it down to 2×3. He didn’t want to, but I assured him that the edges would be covered by a frame and it didn’t matter if the wood splintered a little. He cut it very slowly and there were no problems.
After staining the frame boards (dark walnut) I attached them with L brackets that I spray painted a dark bronze color. Make pilot holes before screwing in your wood screws. Real woodworkers always do that and since we are dummies, we will follow their lead. 😉
That makes your frame, now to deal with the chalkboard. Take your plywood and paint it with chalkboard paint. Not the same as chalk paint, see how much you are learning here?
Then you need to season the chalkboard, which means just cover it with chalk and then wipe it away.
I’ve remember this being used as a punishment by my 3rd grade teacher.
Obviously I only witnessed it, never experienced it…
Now that your frame is together and your chalkboard is painted and seasoned, it’s time to frame your chalkboard! And you thought this was going to be difficult.
Just lay the board on the backside of the frame and attach with screws (don’t forget the pilot holes–ahem).
Annnnnd you’re finished. See how easy that was?
Who’s the dummy now?
Let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps. If you decide to try you hand at one of these, I would love to see it completed!