I had some leftover wood from ripping down some pallets. I thought this easy DIY chalkboard would be the perfect use of the leftovers.
The best part about this chalkboard is that you can hang it vertically or horizontally!
- 2 36″ pallet boards
- nail gun with 1 1/4″ and 1″ brads
- sliding miter saw
- wood glue
- hand sander
- staple gun
- unsanded grout
- black paint (or any color you want!)
So, first, I cut four pieces at a 45 degree angle, glued, and then used 1 1/4 inch brads to attach the pieces together to form a frame. I sanded the front and sprayed with a semi-gloss polyurethane.
The next thing I did was prime a small piece of plywood. This will be the chalkboard insert.
After my primer dried, I made a very easy DIY chalkboard paint. It is:
1 Tbs unsanded grout
1 cup paint
I used black acrylic paint and painted two coats over the plywood.
After the chalkboard dried, I attached it to the back of the frame using 1 inch brads.
Using the staple gun, attach the twine to the back of the frame. Tie a small knot in the twine.
Now, here’s the kicker! Attach the twine at the second corner and then the third. That way you can hang vertically or horizontally.
Gather the twine at the point where both parts meet and hammer in a small nail to hold the string that is not being used.