Hey friends, Fotini here! You may remember me stopping by last month for the first time and introducing myself! Well, I have some super exciting news!! I have taken a big leap of faith and completely rebranded my blog! I am going from Glamorous, Affordable Life to Farmhouse Chic Blog! I am just beyond thrilled for the future and I hope you are just as excited as I am! You can read more details here.
Now, lets get to the project I’m sharing this month! If you’re anything like me, you’re a sucker for chalkboards… I mean, do those ever go out of style? It’s one of my favorite ways to add instant charm to any space! The possibilities are endless since you can constantly change your designs, themes and seasons. So, today I’m sharing how to make your own DIY rustic chalkboard frame! Yippee 🙂
We headed to Lowe’s for this project and bought 2 spruce pine-fir furring strips that measure 1 inch X 3 inch X 8 foot, 2 spruce pine furring strips that measure 1 inch X 2 inch x 8 foot and sanded plywood that measures 3 foot X 5 foot. Begin by making your frame. Take your plywood and lay flat, measure the thicker furring strips to cover all sides, make cut marks where needed, remove your plywood for later. Cut using a miter box. Nail each piece into place using your nail gun. Now, you have your frame! Take the thinner furring strip and measure the same length of all sides of frame, mark and cut, creating a smaller frame. Make sure the smaller frame is plush with the bottom of one side. Nail into place. You will have about an inch lip on the top side of your frame and this is where the chalkboard will rest. You’re ready to stain your frame! I used a dark walnut and love the richness it gives the wood.
Take your piece of plywood and spray it with an even coat of chalkboard paint. I use spray paint because it’s easy to handle. Allow enough drying time in between each coat, but give the wood a heavy 3 coats. Allow the entire piece to dry overnight.
To attach your chalkboard to your frame, use wood glue on the top of the small frame and press plywood into place. Allow something heavy to sit on it for at least 5 hours. To activate the chalkboard effect, take a regular piece of chalk and simply brush it over the entire face. And you’re done!
I just love how this piece fits in my office! It doesn’t even have to have anything on it and it’s beautiful! So, what do you think?
It was great fun hanging out with you here today and I hope you will stop by my blog and say hi soon! I will see you back here next month 😉 Until then lets stay connected via social media!