Monday

Diy Chalkboard with Tray





In my previous post about the laundry room mini-makeover you noticed the chalkboard, oh and the painted tray with the Greek Key design was also in this little room, you can see a peak of the tray to the left side of the top picture.

The new chalkboard replaced the old cork-board I had installed in there a year ago, I liked it, especially the two mirrors (the instructions on how to build the mirror's frame is right HERE), but for my liking, it was too small for that wall, that's why I painted the saying and used the wall decals.
Lately, what bothered me the most was the amount of papers the cork-board was holding. My dear husband was pinning all of his car coupon discounts, letters, magazine pages and you named it, it was right there....it was an eye sore!

So, when the bookcases in my bedroom were built, a looong piece of baseboard was ripped off and it was lingering in the garage ever since, well, it was the perfect piece of material for the new board's frame.
The corners were cut at a 45° angle.  Even though it was a very long piece of baseboard it was not long enough to complete the frame :(  Out from the scrap pile other pieces of molding came to the rescue ;) though they were not a perfect match, later on you'll see.


It wasn't a straight piece of molding or baseboard, it was cut making sure the mirror fit in nicely, leaving some extra space on both sides.

It was important for me to had a tray to hold the chalk and the dust that the chalkboard generates, so using 1 x 2  stock material a shelf was cut to the dimensions of the inside width of the frame. Pieces of 1/2" x 3/4" material was fastened with brad nails to the front and sides of the tray.


With all the pieces ready, it was now time to give them a good coat of paint.  ASCP Duck Egg Blue was used.

The wall was painted two coats of chalkboard paint. -When taking your measurements for the area to be painted, go over the inner lines of your frame ;)

Once the paint was dried, the frame was nailed in place.  I never use glue to attach this kind of moldings to the wall.  I like to change things around and if I use glue on this, later on when I change it again, I will be ripping off the Sheetrock with it!


The studs on the wall had to be located in order to install the tray.  Their locations were transferred to the bottom side of the tray, then, using the Kreg Jig, pocket holes were drilled.

It was installed the same way as the dining room shelves or ledges right here.

The mirrors were hang onto the wall.



This was my first time trying to do a "nice" design on a chalkboard and let me tell you, I have a long way to learn. It even came out with a spelling mistake :/ I haven't noticed it until Faith commented about it, Ooooops, sorry about that! Since the pictures were already taken, a simply mini correction to the pic was done ;)  I wish I could install a spell checker on this one :)




Did you noticed the mismatched piece of molding at the right bottom side of the frame?  I love how paint kind of hides those imperfections ;)


Some related links you might want to check:

Laundry Room Final Reveal
Laundry Room New Brighter Look




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27 comments :

  1. This is absolutely my favorite laundry room ever! That chalkboard is a great addition and I love how you framed it in with the mirrors. So so beautiful!!

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  2. Love the chalkboard, how fun is that. The mirrors at the top and bottom are so unique and pretty, great design. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I was wondering about that chalkboard Cristina! Glad you shared your ingenius way of actually making it! wow my friend, you are the best! love it!

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  4. Que linda te ha quedado esa puerta con pared de pizarra , me encanta ese color celeste que usas

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  5. It looks really great! So neat how you made a tray to hold the chalk as well. I think this will not only be a beautiful new addition, but it will be a lot of fun to change up the writing and messages!

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  6. Gorgeous laundry room! Love the color combo, and the chalkboard is a fantastic DiY idea.

    xoxo

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  7. LOVE this!! You are AWESOMELY talented!!
    This really makes me get my DIY on! It's been forever!!

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  8. I love this Cristina and the mirrors are such a fabulous pretty little touch!

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  9. Cristina- Oh- Honey- You are good- very, very good! It looks just great and I love how it turned out! xo Diana

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  10. I love it. Good job Cristina, and nope, I didn't notice the different molding. Looks fantastic!!

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  11. It is perfect for us!!!
    Thanks for the idea.
    xoxo

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  12. It turned out amazing! The tray for the chalk is a nice touch.

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  13. You are so clever!! I never would have guessed you built that, but I should have known! It's gorgeous! XO

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  14. adding the mirrors was a great decision Cristina :-) the chalkboard looks so fun and love everything you wrote on it too! :-) makes laundry fun and pretty! :-) you did a great job Cristina (very unique)

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  15. What a wonderful job! Right down to the chalkboard lettering and decoration. SO charming!

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  16. Lovely! Looks really great! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-5.html

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  17. The mirrors reflect so much light. At first glance it looked like a window with a chalkboard.
    Joy

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  18. This is such an elegant chalkboard. Very Creative!

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  19. I love the details you put into this project. At first I thought it was a see through door at the bottome and top, then I realized it was mirrors.

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  20. What a great idea! And painting the wall...so clever! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  21. This is so cute, and what a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your day!

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  22. Amazing and so very clever. It looks wonderful.

    Thanks,
    Helen

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  23. Just wanted to let you know that you have been featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop! Hugs...Debbie
    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/2013/08/fun-with-maps-and-chalkboards.html

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  24. I wish I could underline how much I LOVE your laundry room! What is it about a pretty chalkboard and chandie that make you feel like you're in laundry heaven?! Absolutely Gorgeous!

    Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas

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  25. This is so cute!! I love how you added the greek detail to make it stand out. Amazing project!

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  26. Cristina, I love your chalkboard. It makes your laundry room complete :) I am featuring it on my blog today!! Thank you so much for linking up your chalk board project with Get Your DIY on this week! I hope you'll join us today to link up any Thrifty Halloween Decor you have :)

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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