Greet holiday visitors with a message on this colorful chalkboard. Use a miniature wreath for the letter O and let your imagination take care of the rest.
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Sand the laminated pine panel with 120-grit sandpaper, wipe clean, and sand with 180-grit sandpaper. Vacuum and wipe the panel clean. Then mask the edges and ends with painter’s tape.
Using a roller with a short-nap or foam cover, apply chalkboard paint to the outside face. Repeat as needed for an even color, sanding lightly with a fine-grit sanding sponge between coats. To reduce the chance of warping, paint the back panel with any leftover latex paint. Remove the tape after the final coat.
If you only paint one side of a wooden panel, moisture in the air enters and leaves the wood more slowly on that side than the bare wood on the other side, causing the panel to warp.
Cut the frame pieces about 4 inches longer than the edges and ends of the pine panel. Sand each board on all four sides with 120-grit sandpaper followed by 180-grit sandpaper.
On each frame part, attach a piece of painter’s tape to mask a 3/4-inch-wide strip on one face where you’ll later glue the frame to the panel. Apply two coats of polyurethane finish and remove the tape.
By applying the finish now instead of after the frame is installed, you avoid having to tape off the finished pine panel before sealing the frame.
Cut a 45-degree miter at one end of the frame top or bottom. Tape the mitered end in position on the pine panel and mark the location of the opposite miter. Then cut the piece to length. Glue and nail the frame piece to the panel.
If you don’t own a miter saw, the chalkboard can also be framed with square-cut pieces. Cut the top and bottom frame parts to fit the length of the panel. Then cut the sides to fit the panel ends plus the frame top and bottom.
Miter-cut a side piece where it will join the top/bottom piece -- keep an eye on the position of the unfinished strip. Mark the location of the opposite miter and cut to length. Glue and nail the side to the panel, then repeat for the other frame side. Cut, glue, and nail the other top/bottom piece to the panel.
Fill the nail holes and touch up the clear frame finish as needed.
Position the D-ring hangers about 4 inches down from the top of the back on opposite sides, and mark the screw locations. Check the length of the mounting screws to make sure they won’t penetrate the front of the panel. Use an awl or small nail to start the holes and screw the hangers to the back.
Mark the mounting screw locations on the wall where you’ll hang the sign. If there’s no wall stud behind a location, add a wall anchor. Using chalk, add the message of your choice. To hang a wreath for the O, cut about 18 inches of ribbon, loop it around the wreath and position the wreath on the sign using the ribbon. Drive thumbtacks to fasten the ends of the ribbon to the back of the sign.