How to Make an Outdoor Chalkboard: DIY Tips and Techniques
There is no doubt about it that chalkboards are back in fashion. Traditionally, chalkboards were used merely in schools or colleges for writing purpose. But now theses blackboard can be seen at many places including home, offices, restaurant, etc. for many purposes such as writing seasonal greetings, displaying menu, writing a family to-do list, and among the others. Also, these boards have become the best fun and functional craft among the children. However, making a DIY outdoor chalkboard is fairly simple craft idea and can be done easily with the use of chalkboard paint that is available at Rust-Oleum India for purchase. To help you in creating an outdoor chalkboard, we have shared some simple steps here, take a look!!
First and Foremost:
Gather all the supplies you will require to do this task. Below is a list of everything that you will need to perform this task, take a look.
- Drop Cloth
- Medium Grit Sandpaper
- Ply wood or Wooden Board
- Stir Stick
- Paint Brush
- Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint – Brush on or Spray Paint
- Cleaning Cloth
Step 1: General Preparation
Pick a spot where you want to hang your handmade chalkboard. After finding the place, cut the plywood or board according to the size of the wall. Score the board using straightedge and utility knife to achieve a clean-cut edge.
Step 2: Snap the Board
Put down a piece of thick lumber under and to the larger side of the cut. Now, push down on the scrap side in order to snap the board. Also, cut two or three pieces of frame board from the scrap piece you removed from the board. Use adhesive to each board and place under the board with the edges and ends flush. Now, dill the seam where both the pieces come together and screw them tightly. Afterwards, flip the entire plywood to the side you are going to paint.
Step 3: Sanding
Before applying the chalkboard paint on the board, you should sand the board using medium grit sandpaper and later finish it off with some finer one. Sanding will make the surface smooth and help in getting a better finish. Afterward, use a lint-free cloth to wipe all the sanded dust away.
Step 3: Painting
The Tint Base Chalkboard paint from Rust-Oleum Paint is available in both brush on and spray cane option.
To paint the wooden board with black chalkboard brush on paint, first you need stir it thoroughly. After then, use a use a high-quality foam brush to apply a liberal coat to the center of the wooden board, avoiding excessive brushing. Apply 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint to get a better result. After completing all the coats, let the painted board dry thoroughly or at least for 24 hours.
In case you are thinking of using its chalkboard spray paint, you should take care of the following instruction. Shake the chalkboard paint spray cane vigorously for one minute and make sure that the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold can upright 12-16" from the surface and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Keep the cane in motion while spraying. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart to avoid drips and runs. Do not use it to the near open flame. Once done with all the coats, let the wall dry for instructed time.
Step 4: Hang the Chalkboard on the Wall
Using lag screws, fasten the chalkboard to the picked spot. Drive the screws and add blocks to the wall to grab the screws as needed. Later on, enjoy your outdoor chalkboard.