Make a quick-and-easy chalkboard that you can use outside. Just spray a few coats of chalkboard paint on a plywood board. You'll be writing in no time!
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Cut ½-in × 2-ft × 4-ft plywood (#6200) into 2-ft sections. Prime one ½-in × 2-ft × 2-ft section. Let dry. Sand with fine-grit sand paper and wipe clean.
Using a 4-in roller, paint the front, back, and sides of the board with chalkboard paint (#203261). Apply three thin coats. Allow each coat to dry completely before painting the next coat. (Follow manufacture recommendations for drying times.)
Using a T-square or a straightedge, measure 7 in of the painted portion of the front of the board. Tape off the vertical line with painter's tape.
Paint the 7-in taped-off portion on the front of the board with Hacienda Tile (#94101, 2010-4). Allow to dry. For an aged look, rub a wax candle vertically over the Hacienda Tile section. Paint over with one coat of Clove Bud (#94101, 2004-5B). Let dry. Sand vertically with medium-grit sandpaper to expose Hacienda Tile. Wipe clean.
Choose a font and size for the "Salud" stencil. The font size should allow the letters to fill the painted portion, leaving 1 in on the top, bottom, and both sides. (We used Braggadocio.) Print letters. Tape clear stencil plastic over letters; cut out with a craft knife. Arrange stencils on chalkboard. One letter at a time, fill in stencils with thin layers of chalkboard paint. Allow each layer to dry completely before painting the next.
On top edge of board, pre-drill holes for screw eyes. Attach. Tie a piece of sisal rope to the screw eyes for hanging.