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How to make a ginormously huge chalkboard for your home!

giant chalkboard

We finally, finally got my huge, oversized chalkboard framed and done.  This was one of those little projects that just kept going…. for like 2 months!  We just couldn’t seem to make time to finish it.  But…. it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.  Please pretend not to notice that we still have a mistletoe hanging. Because we forgot it up there.  And we are too lazy to get a chair out to get it down.  So it may stay up thru Easter. 😉 #keepingitreal

I’m obsessed with the sheer size of this chalkboard.  It’s total overkill and I totally adore it.  I want to show you how to make a ginormously huge chalkboard for your house too!

 

 

chalkboard barnwood for frame

I had a bunch of  old barnwood from my friends at The Red Barn Farm in Kansas City.  It’s the same wood I used to make my Be Royal sign and my Harvest sign.

 

 

measuring for chalkboard

I couldn’t decide if to keep the wood the original width. Or, to have Mr Magic cut it in half so the frame was narrower.    So I kept asking my hubby to hold both pieces up.

Take it down.

Try it this way.

Try it that way.

No, scoot it over.

No too far.

Yes there.

No maybe the smaller piece again.

Lol. All you DIY brides know…. the struggle is real.

 

 

barnwood cut in half for chalkboard

I finally decided the wood needed cut in half, so Mr Magic did that for me.  I was going to have a rough edge to paint, but lucky for me after 15 years of painting, I figured I could do that with little effort.

 

 

 

black bean curtain rod

I used “Black Bean” chalklike paint from Heirloom Traditions. I had Cindy, one of the Magic Brush girls who works with me, roll it right on the wall!  It took 2 coats and it was more than covered.  I was totally impressed with the coverage!  If you are interested in ordering this paint, you can use my affiliate link by going HERE and use the code MAGICBRUSH at checkout to get it 10% off!

 

 

chalkboard paint on wall

Before I even had time to season the wall or to frame it, my kids started writing on it.   Don’t look close because I am certain there is 13 year old boy humor on it.

I left a container of chalk markers out for our kids and all their friends on the bench next to the chalkboard.  Chalk markers don’t erase very well, but they leave no dust on the floor, so it’s a trade that’s worth it!

 

 

frame chalkboard with barnwood

 

Mr Magic cut the barnwood pieces in 1/2 for me, but we had a carpenter who was working in our house cut angled corners on the pieces and nail it into the wall. Sooooooo much easier than trying to assemble a frame on the floor and hang it.  Nah, just nail that stuff right to the wall!  He used a nail gun and YES, we will have holes to repair if we take it down one day, but I don’t mind.  The frame fits snug to the wall and looks amazing!

 

 

 

mounting chalk holder

I wanted to attach the chalk holder TO the chalkboard because A) it’s cute and  B) it’s practical  . Nothing drives me battier than wanting to write on a chalkboard and not being able to find chalk.  #firstworldproblems I know.

This was a bookend that I purchased years ago that I had Mr Magic screw into the wall also.  Yes, another hole, but what’s one more hole at this point?  I painted the bookend  to match the chippy wood color.

 

 

 

barnwood paint

I used “Engine No.9” (same red I used on this project) and the Jet Black Wax and painted the chalkholder + the raw wood edges.  The red was a little too bright and the jet black wax dirtied it up a bit so that it matched perfect.  Both of those products are 10% off with my code MAGICBRUSH also!

 

 

 

chalk holder on big chalkboard

Look at that! A perfect match!!!

 

 

 

oversized chalkboard

So I had all these dreams of encouraging words and bible scriptures and “I love you’s ” on the chalkboard to greet my family as they came thru the garage door every day.  Instead the board is covered in signatures, scribbles and autographs and you know what….it’s just as meaningful.  Every time we have friends or kids over, there is new writing on it and that makes my heart happy.

 

 

 

oversized chalkboard wall

I hope you love it and will let me know if you make one yourself.  And don’t forget if you order the paint on my affiliate link HERE , you can use the code MAGICBRUSH at checkout to get it 10% off!

As always, this will be on my Pinterest board for repinning!

Much DIY love,

Jennifer

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  1. awesome ♥

  2. Vette Bodendieck says:

    I couldn’t help but notice “Thacker” on your chalkboard. That is my maiden name! Love the idea!

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