posted on: 4.17.2012
Since our kitchen table also serves as my office, we really need decorative items that can also serve double duty to help me stay organized in such a limited space. What's more perfect for organizing lists than my childhood fave - a chalkboard!? After searching long and hard for the perfect one - and finding quite a few that were ridiculously overpriced (I'm looking at you, Restoration Hardware...) - I finally just decided to make one. I stopped by Michael's and bought a pre-cut wooden block, peel-and-stick chalkboard sheets, chalk, and white paint. I had twine on hand so my total cost for supplies was about $10.
What You Need:
- Wooden block cut to whatever size you want for your board
- Peel-and-stick chalkboard sheets
- Paint (in whatever color you want)
- Twine for hanging*
- A drill and drill bit
- A long nail
- Chalk and chalkboard eraser
*If you don't want to hang it with twine, you can attach brackets to the back and hang it on a nail instead.
What You Do:
1. Since I wasn't sure if the peel-and-stick chalkboard sheets would adhere to a painted surface, I taped off the interior edges of the board first then painted the outside edges white.
2. Once the edges are dry, remove the tape. Measure and mark the holes through which the twine will go. Drill the two holes all the way through the board. (As soon as I mentioned that I needed to drill something, The Boyfriend jumped at the chance to break out the tools and drill them for me. Score one for cheap labor.)
3. Measure and trim your chalkboard sheets to fit the dimensions of your board. Peel off the backing and press firmly onto the wood.
4. Using a long nail, find your drill holes under the chalkboard sheet and gently press the nail through. This will give you a small opening through the chalkboard for you to thread the twine.
5. Thread the twine through the holes and secure the ends with a firm knot. I also used another piece of twine to secure some chalk so it's always handy when I need to jot something down.
And that's it! An easy-peasy DIY chalkboard. What are your fave tools for staying organized?