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It’s technically the last weekend of Spring since Summer’s official 1st day is Monday, but in our home Summer has already arrived! My daughter is obsessed with chalk and drawling, and lately I’ve been obsessed with fixing up our backyard to be a more functional space. I ultimately want our backyard to become an extension of our everyday living space. So why not make a removable chalkboard for her!
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- Plywood or under-layment board in the size you want. I used 1/2″ thick.
- 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ Wood trim for the frame
- 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ Wood Strips for the frame
- Kreg pocket hole jig system
- Kreg 1 1/2″ screws
- Clamp, I use this Kreg clamp
- Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut
- Polyurethane Spray Paint in Semi-Gloss Finish
- Chalkboard paint in black
- Wood Glue
- Nail Gun
- Air Compressor, I use this one.
- Wall Hooks
- Metal Basket
- Sidewalk Chalk
First step is to measure and cut the plywood to your desired size. I made mine 24″ wide by 55″ tall. I also cut my wood trim the same dimensions to serve as part of the frame.
While the stain dried I prepped the plywood by patching any holes with wood filler. Once that dried I lightly sanded the entire board then added 2 coats of the black chalkboard paint.
Below is how I assembled it. First I laid it out to make sure all the cuts would fit together. Then I assembled the flat pieces with screws (these were the pieces I drilled holes in with my kreg drill). I then used my nail gun to attach the wood strips to the top and bottom. Make sure to add glue as you go.
Next, add the painted chalkboard to the frame. I used glue and nails to hold it together.
I then added some scrap wood to the back. This will be how it sits on the wall. For the outside wall I luckily already had this metal hook installed from the previous owners. So all I needed to do was hang the chalkboard up on it.
My daughter absolutely loves it! I love the fact I can take it down in the winter when it starts to get rainy. For now she can enjoy it all summer long. After a long day of use and getting covered in chalk, her clothes were due for a washing.
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