I recently started looking into buying one of those magnetic chalkboard easels for my son and I was shocked by how much they cost. After some research I decided that I could make him one. Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own Magnetic Chalkboard.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Picture Frame (I bought mine from Goodwill for $8)
A piece of sheet metal (The size and price will depend on the size of your picture frame)
Paint for the frame
Chalkboard Paint ( I used Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Spray $4)
You’ll start by disassembling the picture frame. Grab the backing of the frame and lay it on the piece of sheet metal. Then you are going to trace it. ( Don’t trace the back piece in the center of the sheet metal like I did. You’ll be creating more work for yourself than needed. Instead pull the cardboard backing to the corner of the sheet metal and trace it. This way you only have two sides to cut instead of 4.)
Next you’ll follow the sharpie lines and cut off any excess sheet metal you don’t need.Your cuts probably aren’t going to be perfectly straight. That’s okay. The frame will hide any imperfections. Then you are going to place the cut sheet metal in your picture frame to make sure it fits. If it doesn’t fit take a sharpie and color the places that need to be trimmed. Cut away.
Once that’s finished you’re going to paint the sheet metal with the Chalk Board Paint. ( I did 3 coats to make sure it was well covered.)
When it’s completely dry you’ll need to season your board with white chalk. Take a piece of chalk, place it on it’s side and color the chalkboard vertically and then horizontally. Making sure the entire thing is covered. Next take a soft rag or cloth to wipe it off. You now have a seasoned board. The reason you need to season the chalkboard is because if you don’t, you’ll never be able to completely erase the first thing you wrote. (You’re suppose to wait at least 24 hours before you season the chalk board. Ya’ll know me by now, I waited for 4 hours. Waiting probably would have been better but I’m too impatient for that.)
Next you’ll paint the picture frame any color you want.
When the frame dries, resemble it and enjoy! Your toddler and you’ll love the great price tag too!!
*TIPS: You don’t have to use a piece of sheet metal to make the chalkboard magnetic. You can use a magnetic primer. The only reason I didn’t use this instead is because I’ve been told it’s not as strong and doesn’t hold very heavy magnets.
If you do a large frame, like I did, you’ll need to buy a stronger hook or fasteners to make sure the chalkboard is securely in place.
To make sure you cleaned up all the metal shavings run a magnet over the surface you’re working on.