Big and Beautiful Chalkboard

How To

OK, so now we know how we'd like to display our holiday cards next year! (and maybe where to hang our stockings too) But first...we'll have to make this lovely and surprisingly simple to make (and not too heavy!) chalkboard.

We spotted this on the lovely and inspiring Under the Sycamore blog by photographer Ashley Ann where you can find more shots of it and take a closer look. Our first thought: "Oh, that's a fun way to display the Christmas cards." And our second..."Where did she get that board?" Ashley gave us the complete how to:

We cut a piece of hardboard the size we wanted the chalkboard. Ours is about 4ft x 8ft. We then painted the hardboard with chalkboard paint (several coats, with sanding in between). Next, we cut 1x3 boards to build a frame and then cut grooves into the inside of the 1x3 boards to slide the hardboard into. At this point I chose to "rough" up my frame by beating it with chains, nails, etc. to give it the impression of being old and worn. Once it was rough I used a basic wood stain to darken it, bringing out the rough parts. I lightly sanded the edges to add to the "worn" look. Next we slid the painted hardboard into the grooves and then nailed the frame together. We also added a few boards to the backside to stabilize it.

With the advent of chalkboard paint, it is so easy to create a huge board these days. There's no reason to spend a lot of money on a heavy chalkboard. Whether you use Ashley's method or just paint right on the wall and put molding around it- this is definitely a fun project.

Thanks so much for the how to Ashley! Head over to Ashley's blog for more great ideas, inspiration, and photos.

Image: Ashley Ann Photography