I'm still working on finishing these two rooms, the dining/office and the living room, they're almost done with paint and trim, but the decor is coming to the living room this week.
I was adding the trim to the door in between the two rooms, handling some pieces of wood, when the idea of a better chalkboard for the office appeared.
I like chalkboards, they are like wall decor that you can update at any time. They're also a good
background for wreaths and almost anything will pop when you hang it in front of the dark background.
My chalkboards don't get updated that frequently, and to tell you the truth, my designs are very crappy, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying them practically in any room in my home.
The best part is, chalkboards are easy to make and they're an economical way to dress a small or big chunk of empty wall space!
I was using this chalkboard right there in the same spot, but I didn't like its skinny, dark frame in this room. So, off it went.
Since I wanted a bigger chalkboard, I decided to paint it on the wall and add a simple frame to it.
So, the area for painting the chalkboard was marked on the wall. I didn't use painter's tape to delineate the space, because those sharp lines might be a pain to get rid off when I decide to cover the entire wall with another color in the future.
A remnant of navy blue paint was used as primer. Then, two coats of regular chalkboard paint were applied.
Then, it was time for the frame, and I was also working on updating those tiny baseboards.
The chalkboard frame was made out of 1 x 3 pine material. The corners were mitered, and the frame was assembled before bringing it to the wall.
I think this is an easier way to deal with the frame, and do less damage to the wall.
The frame corners were put together with wood glue and long nails.
Hanging it was easy, by securing the boards to the studs on the wall. The vertical pieces didn't aligned to any stud, but that's not a problem in this case, because they're already secured to the horizontal boards.
I don't think there's a big deal on curing a chalkboard but, I did it anyways. A piece of chalkboard is laid on its side to cover the entire board in order to prevent those first drawings to be marked permanently.
I added a small molding to the inside of the frame for a more polished look.
And here is my new bigger and better chalkboard, of course, with my not so pretty design. :)
The mercantile sign and bench are Decor Steals finds.
And hey, I also managed to finish those baseboards!
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