One of the hardest things that we left behind when we moved was our giant chalkboard.
Especially because I knew as soon as the new owner moved in he was going to rip it down.
The only thing that got me through it was planning Ginormous Chalkboard version 2.0.
Thankfully our new house had a wall that was simply perfect for it.
(it comes in a 4x8 sheet. I had the Lowes guy cut mine to 4x6)
(I used two 6ft. and two 8ft. pieces)
(There is even colored chalkboard paint. Eye candy.)
Nails/ Nail Gun
Apply the paneling glue liberally.
Press on to the wall.
Use small nails in all of the corners and a few on each side to keep it in place.
(You can do all of the painting outside before. It was raining and I didn't want to wait.)
Paint 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint.
Sand in between coats.
Measure, miter, and attach trim with a nail gun.
(Don't be jealous that my rad mom has a nail gun, miter saw, and the skillz to use them. I'm pretty lucky, as well as clueless on how to do this step by myself.)
Countersink nails and fill in with spackle.
Sand and paint trim.
Then look at the pretty.
FOR THREE DAYS.
The paint needs to cure before you can write on it.
When it is dry rub the entire board with the edge of a piece of chalk.
The even coat makes the board ready for writing.
Starfish, dingleballs, and cute pictures of you family are optional.
For a fraction of what you would pay at Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs, you just made your very own happy message center.