Baby, it's cold outside! Seriously, it is freezing out there! I'm not one that is a fan of cold weather, but I do love the magic of the holidays which inspired my next DIY - a festive blackboard. After working on the huge Instagram frame I had some extra materials that I decided to use for a blackboard which is currently has a Christmas theme to it. The one nice thing about this project is for hardly any money you can get a big impact.
To begin take the hardboard and paint 2-3 coats of the chalkboard paint. Let dry fully between coats.
My cats, Suki (left) and Virgil (right) decide to help out by checking out the moulding purchased from Home Depot. Measure the hardboard and cut the moulding using a Miter saw so that the moulding the frame slightly overlap the board.
Check to make sure the pieces will fit together correctly. Here the frame is just slightly above so you can see the cuts are done on an angle to give a nice edge.
Take the frame pieces and place them on a drop cloth. Spray paint (or you could use normal paint) the frame, covering with 2-3 coats.
The paint looked a nice silver when wet, but actually dried a muted pale grey. Right now I'm not sure where I'll use the chalkboard for the entire year so I kept the colour, but later I think I'll repaint the frame a bright colour, like a nice bright shade of blueish purple.
// shade of blueish purple I had in mind for the frame in the future //
Next put some wood glue around the edge of the blackboard and place the frame on top so that it overlaps slightly. Make sure to put wood glue in the corners of the frame too. Place something heavy like thick books on the frame until everything dries up. Next flip the blackboard over and using small nails secure the blackboard to the frame further. To hang the blackboard you can easily buy some framing clips, but for now the plan is to rest the frame on a table for a holiday party. With a bit of chalk I went for a cute winter theme of "Baby, it's cold outside" and added some snowflakes. I think it will look perfect beside my holiday table with party foods and perhaps a hot chocolate bar, but if you aren't looking for a winter theme a blackboard would also work well in a office, kitchen or a kids room.
- Hardboard (extra from Instagram frame)
- Chalkboard paint
- Paint brush
- Drop cloth
- Moulding for frame
- Spray Paint
- Wood glue
- Finishing nails
- Miter saw
- Measuring tape