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Turn this giant chalkboard into a canvas for artwork, a data center for family messages or a calendar. Tintable chalkboard paint lets you customize the color.
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From the hardboard panel, cut a piece 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall. Sand the panel with 220-grit sandpaper just enough to remove the sheen.
The factory surface of hardboard can be too slick for paint to stick, even when using primer. A light sanding adds enough texture for primer and paint to grip the surface. Otherwise, running chalk across the finished panel may chip the paint.
Adhere and clamp a rosette at each corner of the panel and let cure.
Measure between the rosettes on the sides and cut the composite boards to length. Adhere and clamp the boards in place and let cure.
If you have a pneumatic brad nailer, reinforce the adhesive with 3/4-in brads. Hardboard can be difficult to nail through by hand.
Prime the assembled panel and let dry. Then apply at least two coats of chalkboard paint.
If you use a roller for the flat panel, choose one with the shortest available nap for less surface texture. A smooth surface will be easier to write on with chalk than a textured surface.
If you need help creating a holiday fireplace design like the one shown, download the Fireplace Drawing Guide and follow the general shapes and dimensions to reproduce the pattern. You can substitute the design of your choice or use the chalkboard as a calendar.
If you choose to hang the chalkboard, drill pilot holes and install a Hangman bracket at the top. Screw the second bracket to the wall where you’ll hang it using wall anchors as needed.