I saw these chalkboards in the Ballard Catalogue and just new I wanted to make something similar.
As you all know, I'm more of a sewer, but during my childhood I used to "putter" in the garage with my father. That's what he would call it...puttering in the garage. I have fond memories watching and helping my father putter. So this project was great because once again I was puttering in the garage with my father!
I used newspaper and a sharpie to draw out and perfect my shapes. My father suggested I use thin Fiber board which I bought at the local hardware store for $3.00 a quarter sheet. I could get 3 of my chalkboards out of a quarter sheet. I traced my newspaper patterns on the fiber board with a sharpie. Now it was time for my dad to get out his favorite toy.....his Shop Smith.
We used what I think is called a band saw?
I applied chalkboard paint to the fronts, yes I purchased chalkboard paint since this was my first time working with the stuff, I figured I better buy the pre-made stuff. I know there are simple recipes for it all over Pinterest, but I really didn't want to screw this up. I applied 2 coats and sanded each coat with 400 grit sand paper.
Next was the challenging part for me. Painting little doo dad lines around the border. I just used some old trim paint I had left over from who knows what. It was perfect because it wasn't white white, it was a creamy white. I let that dry, lightly sanded again and tada.....here's my Ballard Inspired chalkboards.
This one hangs in my kitchen.