Outdoor Chalkboard

Reader Project

For those of you who love the idea of a great big chalkboard but can't abide the thought of chalk dust in your home, Ohdeedoh reader Ellyn offers up this awesome weekend project. As you can see, it's been a big hit with her son, Sebastian.

Ellyn tells us:

We have a tiny back yard and struggle with making it fun for the kids. Anything we do needs to be vertical to make it fit, so over the weekend we made a big outdoor chalkboard.

Started by getting a 4 x 8 plywood sheet, mixed an outdoor paint with sanded grout in a color that looks like chalkboard because we couldn't find a chalkboard paint that is made for the outdoors. By the end of the weekend the board was in use. Got the recipe for the paint/grout mixture online and to our surprise it works great. Just like the real thing.
We plan to leave it out all season – will it hold up? We'll see...

Total project cost: About $100

(Images: Ellyn Perreault)

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