DIY Menu ChalkBoard:
This project took a bit of time but was relatively easy.
1. Found a frame that fit the size of the space we were going to hang it. It ended up being a black wooden frame and we painted over it (2 coats). We used the acrylic craft paint from AC moore and 1 tub covered the space.
2. Before priming the wood, we decided we wanted our board to have cork on the bottom. Unfortunately the only cork we could find that really worked was in the squares. We put two layers on using the adhesive that came with it. We cut it to fit the board within the frame and put it down.
3. Went to lowes and had a piece of thin plywood cut to fit within the frame. We sanded it down and then primed it.
4. Time for the first layer of chalkboard paint! I found the spray can at home depot and it was $5. We ended up spraying 3 layers total, allowing it to dry before re-covering it.
5. To create a dimensional look for the frame, we sanded down the frame with very fine sandpaper. It allowed for some of the black wood to come through.
6. We have a cricut machine, so to make the letters we used green paper for the weekdays and blue paper for the weekends (you can really use whatever you want). I’ve seen it where people make these letters using vinyl but we just used regular paper and scrapbook adhesive.
7. We put it all together, but remember before writing on a chalkboard you have to wipe the edge of the chalk along the entire chalkboard surface and then erase. This fills any pores in the wood with chalk and prevents permanent writing!