Kitchen Blackboard
Rob D. Brodman

Getting Started

Communicating with a busy household is much easier when your message center is tailor-made to fit your space and your needs.
 These supplies and dimentions make the message board pictured; adjust if needed.

What You'll Need
- Wood picture frame (frames with flat trim work best for attaching the supply tray)
- Painter's tape
- Custom cut piece of hardboard (same dimensions as picture frame-- 1/8 inch thick fiberboard)
- Drop Cloth
- 1 can of chalkboard spray paint
- 1 small can of magnetic paint
- Small paint roller
- Sandpaper
- Tack glue
- Divided drawer organizer tray
- Wood glue
- Clamps (or large binder clips)
- Paint brush
- 1 small can of paint for frame

preparing the hardboard
Rob D. Brodman

First Steps

Dismantle the picture frame: Set the backing aside and discard glass, if any.

Use painter's tape to partition off a section of the hardboard for the chalkboard paint. (Adjust measurments to allow for tape width.

Place hardboard on drop cloth and spray on chalkboard paint, applying at least three coats; let dry between coats.

When completely dry, adjust tape to partition off a section for magnetic paint. Apply at least three coats of magnetic paint with the paint roller; let dry between coats.

putting the blackboard together
Rob D. Brodman

Assembling the Board

Lightly sand the frame and drawer organizer tray, using tack cloth to remove dust. Use wood glue to secure the tray to the frame in its desired location. Secure it with clamps until completely dry (according to glue instructions).

Once the paints on the hardboard are dry, secure the cork to the hardboard with wood glue. Clamp until dry.

painting the frame
Rob D. Brodman

Finishing Touches

Use the paintbrush to paint the frame and tray (apply two coats for best results, letting paint dry between coats). Once the frame is dry, insert your hardboard and secure it with original frame backing. Mount to the wall using the frame mounting hardware sold with the frame.

creative blackboard ideas
Roger Davies

Get Creative

Now you have mastered the message center, let your imagination run wild. They are great in kitchens, home offices, and kids' rooms. Try one on the back of a door (keep it kid level) or even directly on a wall. Buy a can of chalkboard paint or follow Cottage Living's directions to create your own chalk paint. The opportunities are endless.

Adapted from Sunset Magazine


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