DIY: Oversized Magnetic Chalkboard

Jennifer Seislove
by Jennifer Seislove
9 Materials
2 Days
I love leftovers!!!
I’m not talking about dinner from the night before.
I’m actually talking about the piles of “junk” growing in my workshop garage.
Leftover wood scraps from various projects can be found in any corner or stuffed in any box in our garage.
This large sheet of wood leaned against the wall right where I pulled my car into the garage for several months. It was calling my name.
After reading the reviews, I decided to add 6 coats of the primer. Yes, 6!
Once that was dried, I applied the chalkboard paint. It is really easy to work with, even on this uneven and rough piece of scrap wood.
I was going for the rustic look so no mitering was involved when I decided to frame my chalkboard with some leftover pine boards. I stained the frame pieces but just wasn’t wild about the color of the stain that I had on hand.
I had Valspar gray chalk paint left over (yay! more leftovers!) from a lamp I had sprayed. I rubbed some vaseline on parts of the frame, sprayed the chalk paint, and when it was dry, I wiped off the vaseline.
I also gave the frame a little sanding to soften the edges.
The frame was glued and nailed to the perimeter of the chalkboard. We left the frame clamped to the board for a few days on a flat surface to ensure that the board did not bend and warp.
Suggested materials:
  • Scrap wood
  • Rust-Oleoum magnetic primer   (Amazon)
  • Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint   (Amazon)
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  • Did you find putting 6 coats help with the magnet on the magnet board? I did this but I don't find that all the magnets stick well. I only used three coats.

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