Are you a garbage picker, dumpster diver, binner, do you dig trolling for trash? I confess I am one of those freaks you see pulled over on the side of the road putting someone else’s curbside garbage into my car. I have been asked more times than I can count how to make the chalkboard that hangs in my kitchen.
So for those of you who think that the “whiteboards” in your children’s classroom are the illustrative method of choice, listen up. When I hear one of my kids has acted up in school, I immediately wonder why doesn’t she have a lung full of chalk dust or sore shoulders sore from banging erasers out? Oh…. right…. no chalkboards.
In memory of days gone by, let’s grab those old windows your neighbor has thrown in the trash and make ourselves a groovy, retro cool chalkboard shall we?
A couple tips before starting. Depending on how long the old windows have been siting outside, you may want to spray them for bugs. If you are worried about lead paint, either scape every last bit of paint off outside or buy a lead paint tester kit from the hardware store. They are very accurate and inexpensive.
All steps are shown in slide show below.
Step 1-Lay the window down on top of a painters tarp or old sheet and cover the top of the window with the tarp as well to prevent glass from flying up and piercing you in the eye.
Step 2-Break glass with a hammer, pounding directly on tarp not glass. Use pliers to pull out any stubborn pieces of glass.
Step 3- Stand the window up and hit the muntins (the strips of wood that hold the panes of glass together) with a hammer until they break off. Start with the short muntins (not the longer cross pieces), as they give the least resistance.
Step 4-Use a metal paint scraper or a metal toothed wire brush to remove any loose paint. I like the worn rustic look, but if that is not for you, give it a couple coats of paint.
Step 5– Throw all of the glass wood and paint chips into the trash.
Step 6- Measure from the inside of the window (there is about an 1/4 ledge all around the inside frame) for width and length.
Step 7- Have a piece of 1/8″-1/4″ luan plywood cut to size for your measurements. This can be done at any hardware store that sells plywood.
Step 8-Paint the front of the plywood with three coats of black (or whatever color you like) chalkboard paint. I find the liquid paint works far better than the spray paint.
Step 9- After paint is dry, place the board (painted side down) into window and secure with small nails all around border (see image in slide show).
Now, it’s done and ready to hang. You can get a bit fancier and wire the back for hanging. I tack up all kinds of memo and things I need to remember on the frame. It is not like I am worried about ruining the finish!
What is your favorite thing you have ever rescued from the trash or are people like myself freaks that make you scratch your head in confusion as you drive by?