Welcome back, everyone! Today I have an easy DIY wooden chalkboard for you. You can complete your chalkboard in just a few hours time. These are great to hang anywhere in your home, completely customizable with today’s menu, birthdays, or holiday greetings. I love updating ours every few weeks. I made a bunch in various sizes and wood stains to sell at a craft show before Christmas. I sold out. They’re easy to make and the good people at your local hardware or big box home improvement stores are (usually) happy to cut the wood for you right there. Yep… shhh…they actually do half the work of this project for you.
If you’re anything like me, you have several “outlets.” I have my crafty side- sewing, quilting, knitting, building and the like, and the CrossFit side where I get my heart rate up, release tension and aggression and just stay in shape. They both do the same for me but in different ways. Simply put, they calm me.
So today I had one of ‘those’ days at the gym. I felt tired and weak. The weights weren’t there. The times weren’t there. The double unders weren’t there. I know some of you can relate! This came off of a weekend where I was a veritable sewing wizard. I was in the zone. The crafting zone. I churned out 3 baby blankets. Three. Super cute ones too! Ones I was really proud to hand over to their recipients. Posted some pics, life was good.
Back to today. I taught the 9am crossfit class and then as I often do, performed the wod (workout of the day) after the class had left. My workout went from mediocre to a mess. Some expletives were yelled, a jump rope thrown, and even some tears were shed (in an empty gym). Disheartened, I sent a few sobby texts sent to the girls and my husband. They all said the same thing. “Bek, you’ll have these days. Keep up the good work.”
It got me thinking, is it foolish to want to be great at everything? To be great at something, it requires your sole attention. As a nurse, mom, and a wife, I’ve got so much other “stuff” that keeps me from being great at any one thing. There’s housework and homework, errands and appointments. It’s no wonder we feel like we’re burning the candle at both ends. On days like these, it’s nice to be reminded that I need to take a deep breath and give myself a little grace. Maybe even lower my expectations. That’s not to say we have to stop trying. Quite the opposite. I believe in the quest for great we might land upon good, and that’s certainly better than bad.
I let it go, put it behind me. Got a coffee. Tomorrow’s a new day.
But I digress.
Let’s get to it!
You will need:
One 2X3 foot chalkboard from Lowes cut in half (You’ll only need half for this project)
One 1.5 inch x 8 foot pine board cut into (2) 19″ and (2) 22″ sections
Optional chalk holders – 16 inch segment of 1/4 inch square dowel rod or concave trim
3/4 inch nails
Picture hanging hook
Various tools – hammer, screw driver or drill
Wood stain in your choice of shade
Once you get all your supplies home you will want to sand down all the wood sections for the frame of your chalkboard. Now is the time to distress the wood if you wish. You can tap a hammer around the boards sporadically as well as take a baggie with a few screws and nails in it and bang on top of the wood with the hammer. This is totally up to preference. You can also leave the wood as is. I prefer it to look a little weathered and worn. Go ahead, get out some aggression here!
Once you’ve distressed the wood, stain it with one or two coats of stain to desired finish and allow to dry. Make sure to stain all sides.
Lay wood frame pieces, wrong side up on a flat surface. The 19″ segments are the top and bottom, with the 22′ segments the sides.
Place chalkboard right side down on top of frame pieces.
Nail at corners first to secure. Add additional nails around perimeter. Measure center of top of frame and mark. Using drill and appropriate drill bit, screw picture hanger in place.
After the frame is added to the chalkboard, sand the edges of your piece of concave trim or dowel rod so it will fit along on the top edge of the bottom part of the frame. Stain and let dry. Once dry, add a thin bead line of wood glue to the bottom of the trim and secure in place on frame. You can also carefully nail in 2-3 nails through the dowel to hold in place.
If you use an oil based stain you’ll want to keep the finished piece in a garage or shed or well-ventilated area until odor dissipates. This is approximately one week, so keep that in mind if your chalkboard is a gift!
The chalkboards are light so they don’t necessarily need to be hung in a stud but that’s always a good idea to keep it more secure.
I like to play around with different items for chalk holders, like small mason jars and drawer pulls. Get creative!
Have fun and I’d love to hear from you if you make your own!