Well- Its nap time which = blog time for me! Yea!
Time to post another tutorial. As part of my Mudroom remodel- I took an empty wall and turned it into a practical space for a custom wall chalkboard. I can write the weeks activities, or important dates - it was so easy to make it cost me next to nothing, because I had all of the supplies already. The trim-work was all scraps. I was inspired by this mirror- it is beautiful and has a hefty price but I looked at it and thought- I can build that (but as a chalkboard).
|Restoration Hardware - Trumeau Mirror|
Here's how I made it:
The wall before:
|Wall before - though not a straight on picture of it.|
I started by painting most of the wall- the color of the rest of the room- Kingsport Grey- by Benjamin Moore. Leaving unpainted the space (about) where my chalkboard would go, it did not have to be perfect, I knew I would have to touch up the paint later.
Then I used crown scraps I had bought months back for 25 cents a foot at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. My plan was for a rectangular frame trim with a bulky crown top made of simply stacking various trims together to make the top thicker.
I started with the bottom and worked my way up- the first piece is chair railing cut at 45 degrees on the ends, I attached that one to the wall first with wood glue and a brad nailer.
|First bottom piece.|
Then I added the left side- again bottom 45 degree angle and the top straight across.
|Bottom and sides attached directly to wall.|
Now for the top. I wanted the top trim to look chunky or bulky. So I took several scrap trim pieces along with a piece of crown moulding and stacked them all on top of each other. Unfortunately, I had a picture of cutting the moldings but lost it somewhere. I stacked all pieces of trim together and cut on both sides a 30 degree angle on the end sides.
|Top trim at 30 degree angles at top.|
|Rust-Oleum Black Chalkboard paint|
|Chalkboard paint is applied directly to the wall.|
Then I used caulk and caulked all around the trim. Here is the finished product:
|Chalkboard with Moldings.|
I added letter bins that I purchased at Homegoods long ago. I organize coupons, magazines, bills, receipts etc. Now with my Reclaimed wood bench this is the perfect practical space for organization and storage.
Happy Building and Enjoy!
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