We have a chalkboard in our schoolroom. Ours is 4′ by 8′, the size of a piece of plywood. If you want to cut it down to have a smaller chalkboard, that is of course an option.
Here is how simple the project is:
1. Buy a piece of the thinnest plywood (1/8″)
2. Sand the plywood just enough to make sure it is smooth (you may skip this step if you’re not a perfectionist).
2. Paint the plywood with chalkboard paint. Paint at least two coats, maybe a third. Let dry for 24 hours and see if it is smooth enough. Then you’ll know if you should add another coat. NOTE: Another really cool option is to paint part of the board with magnetic paint.
3. Screw the board to wall studs on the wall of your room.
4. Paint trim or molding that is cut to the size of your chalkboard. The home center will cut this for you if you give them the measurements.
5. Nail or screw the molding or trim to the chalkboard that is on the wall.
An option: You could just paint a rectangle on your wall and do away with the plywood. Then add the trim. But we think this wears and tears on the wall, plus it leaves a hard-to-paint patch when you’re done with the chalkboard (we speak from experience here!).