As part of our ongoing series of “BASKETS!” moments, we share this “Why didn’t I think of that…” chalkboard.
I’ve been wanting a gigantic chalkboard to hang in my house for a while but they’re expensive — or they were, until I realized just how easy it would be to make my own inexpensive version. I picked up a canvas at an art shop, a can of spray paint, and got busy! I tend to change things in my house pretty often, and since this chalkboard is lightweight, it’s easy for me to move around or change the drawing.
What you need:
- One canvas
- One to two cans of chalkboard paint — I used spray paint because it’s easy and fast. It’s hard to keep it even and not drip, but I chose quickness over evenness.
- Chalk — You can use plain ol’ white school board chalk or get creative and use the bright sidewalk chalk.
How you do it:
- Purchase whatever size canvas will suit your needs.
- Make sure the canvas is clean (not dusty) before you start spray painting.
- Spray paint the entire canvas. I used several coats before it was covered.
- After it has dried for at least 24 hours, you may want to use the side of a piece of white chalk and go over the entire canvas then wipe it off. This gets the surface ready for writing.
The spray paint holds the chalk pretty well. Then I use water and a clean washcloth every time I want to erase it. If a canvas isn’t your style, you could fashion up something similar with a large piece of salvaged wood or even a bookshelf or coffee table.