This project has been so fun to see all the ways our kids use it. We made our magnetic chalkboard wall about a year ago for our kids’ play room, and they still use it all the time today, which in today’s day in age, with all this technology, is saying a lot!!
They love it, and so do I. We’ve used it for writing, shape practice, hang man, name writing practice, drawing, guessing games, and story telling since they have all kinds of magnetic characters to use with it.
This board has been awesome, and I’m feeling extra grateful for it since summer break is here!! Don’t even get me started on my love/hate relationship with summer! I mean, I love the extra time with my boys, but can someone please send earmuffs stat for the, “I’m bored!” line that’s about to come my way about 10 times a day! Not to mention that my boys are either cracking up laughing together, or kicking each other’s butts! There’s no in between with these boys. Thankfully, this magnetic chalkboard will be one more thing on my list to prevent the, “I’m bored!”, and the fighting that is about to be coming my way. 🙌
So let’s hurry up and get to this project started already, because some of you only have a few days left until your kids summer break starts too!!😆😉
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- 1/4″ Hardboard Tempered Panel (Size that you want). You can get this at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- Wayne’s Coting Chair Rail for the border. Also found at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- Magnetic Paint
- Chalkboard Paint. This chalkboard paint is what we’ve used and it’s worked great for us.
- 2 Paint brushes. This is a good set to have so you have back ups too!
- Measuring Tape. We use this one and like it.
- Chop Saw. My husband loves this chop saw!
- Jig Saw. We love this jig saw.
- Level. Here is a good one if you don’t already have one.
- Nail Gun or screws. We love a good nail gun and this is a good one!
- ***Paint if you want to paint the framing of the board a certain color. We used this color and brand, and then brushed this wax lightly over it. These are the paint brushes I use if you don’t have any. They have worked great for all my chalk painting projects!
- Gather all your materials.
- Pick the space where you want your board to be and measure it out.
- Cut your hardboard to the size of your choice. We made ours 4 ft. wide by 6 ft. long.
- This step you could use some help. Hold up your hardboard to the spot you want to put it, but first make sure it’s level. Either have someone else hold it while you use your level to make sure it’s straight, or you hold it and they level it out with the level.
- Once you get it level, using your nail gun, start nailing your hardboard to the wall.
- Then you paint it with the magnetic paint. This takes a lot of layers because most of the magnetic pieces are at the bottom of the paint can. So don’t be shy with this step, and make sure to stir it really good before you start. Add A LOT of layers so the magnets can stick well to your board. Let this paint dry once you’ve added all your layers. This step can be optional if you only want a chalkboard.
- Then paint using your chalkboard paint.
- Next, cut the border using 45 degree angles with your chop saw to the length of your hardboard. The picture below shows you how we cut it, and don’t mind my shadow that makes the coloring look off. Nope, that’s just me!
- ***Optional step: we painted our border with chalk paint, let that dry, then lightly brushed a layer of dark wax on so that it looks a little distressed. See the picture below to see what I mean. Notice you can see where the nail is, but this picture is super zoomed in. You can’t see them unless you get super close to it, so don’t worry!
- Now it’s ready to hang up! Place your first piece of frame tightly around your board and nail it in with a nail gun. Go from there and frame your magnetic chalkboard!
- You’re done!! Now sit back and watch your kids have countless hours of fun thanks to you!
Sorry there are not more step by step pictures, but we made this magnetic chalkboard wall before I started my blog!!
Have so much fun, and enjoy your new chalkboard!
The Decor Mama