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Live.Laugh.DIY Magnet Chalkboard

This may be one of the very favorite DIYs. I built a magnet/chalkboard for my nephews playroom and it turned out better than I could have imagined! Follow along with the video to see the process from start to finish!

Supplies:

  • Eucaboard (⅛” x 48” x 96”)
  • Sheet Metal (found in roofing section at hardware stores)
  • 3 MDF pieces of trim (8 feet long)
  • Wood glue
  • Liquid nails
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Jigsaw with a metal blade for cutting your sheet metal
  • Miter saw for cutting your trim to build the frame
  • Sander for sanding the eucaboard
  • Staple gun for assembling the frame
  • Corner brackets for assembling the frame
  • Primer paint
  • Chalkboard paint

 

Prep your Chalkboard:

  1. Using an electric sander, sand half of the eucaboard.

  2. Prime half the eucaboard.

  3. Paint that half of the eucaboard with Chalkboard paint. Follow the instructions on the can. You can also use a traditional chalkboard paint and roll it on.

  4. Let your board dry completely.

Build your frame:

  1. You want the frame to be slightly larger than your chalkboard. I made mine a ½ inch longer on each side. Measure your eucaboard length and width and add 1 inch to each side. If your eucaboard is 48” x 96” like mine, your long edges of the frame will be 97” and your short edges will be 49”.

  2. Using a miter saw, cut two of each length (at 45 degree angles).

  3. Using your staple gun, wood glue, and corner braces, assemble your frame and let it sit for 24 hours.

Prepping your magnet board:

  1. Cut your sheet metal to fit inside half of your frame.

Assembling your masterpiece:

  1. After 24 hours have passed, place your frame front side down on the ground. Place your eucaboard chalkboard side down on top of your frame. Using the liquid nails and the nail gun, attach your chalkboard to your frame.

  2. Flip your framed chalkboard face side up and slide in your sheet metal (magnet board). Glue this down using liquid nails.

  3. I also cut another piece of MDF (the framing material) to glue and separate the chalkboard side from the magnet side. Let this dry to 24 hours.

  4. Hang your masterpiece! You can purchase a hanging rail system from your hardware store or you can attach your chalkboard/magnet board by drilling directly into the studs on the wall!

Modifications:

I haven’t included measurements because this magnet/chalkboard is quite large. I gave it to my nephew for this birthday to fit a 7 foot wall in his playroom! When you’re building your own magnet/chalkboard you can determine the correct size for your space and make modifications by cutting your materials to fit!

If you’re thinking of making your own magnet/chalkboard and want any advice or guidance, send me an email!  – Beth@LiveLaughDenver.com

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