Fast Fix: Kitchens

Create a Family Message Center

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.

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Materials Needed:

  • 20" x 46" x 1/4" sheet hardboard
  • 23" x 51" x 1/8" sheet hardboard
  • (2) 49-1/2-inch lengths 3-1/2-inch wide primed MDF baseboard
  • 20" x 3-1/2" primed MDF baseboard
  • extra strength wood glue
  • caulk and caulk gun
  • extra fine sanding pad
  • painters' tape
  • roll masking paper
  • white spray paint
  • 27" x 4-1/2" primed MDF baseboard
  • 28-1/2" x 3-1/2" primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1 1/2–inch
  • 28" x 3-1/2" primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1 inch
  • clear protective spray
  • chalkboard paint (in black or tinted to desired color)
  • chalk
  • 2 ring hangers
  • picture wire
  • 2 picture hooks and nails

Cut and Lay Out Pieces

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.

Glue Together

Apply extra strength wood glue to both sides of adjacent cut edges. Press together firmly. Repeat for all sides.

Let Frame Dry

Let glue dry for 24 hours. Tip: Place stacked magazines along outer edges of frame to help pieces dry in position.

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