Build a custom-framed chalkboard to hang in your kitchen, creating a central location for everyone to leave messages, write to-dos and keep up with each others' schedules.Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
Cut primed MDF baseboard and hardboard to size. Lay out cut pieces of MDF around hardboard on flat working surface. Tip: Have materials cut at a home improvement store and consider purchasing trim that matches your home's door casings for a consistent look.
Apply extra strength wood glue to both sides of adjacent cut edges. Press together firmly. Repeat for all sides.
Let glue dry for 24 hours. Tip: Place stacked magazines along outer edges of frame to help pieces dry in position.
Turn message board over. Attach sheet of hardboard to back side with glue to stabilize frame.
Temporarily tape corners to secure backing while turning. Turn message board over.
Run a bead of caulk around inner edges of message board and fill in any gaps between joints. Let dry two hours.
Apply painters' tape along edges where hardboard meets frame. Cover hardboard with masking paper. Tape in place.
Spray paint frame. Let dry one hour. Spray protective finish on painted frame. Let dry one hour. Remove protective tape and paper.
Apply painters' tape around inner frame edges. Paint hardboard with chalkboard paint.
Screw two ring hangers into back of chalkboard with picture wire strung between rings. Nail picture hooks into wall and hang.
Treat chalkboard by covering entire surface using large chalk stick on its side. Rub into chalkboard and wipe away with rag. Tip: This allows future chalk marks to be fully erasable.