This project was originally posted on our family blog almost a year ago- but I decided it’s time to move it over and share here! Our dining space looks much different now (and so does Breadwinner!)
One of the great blessings about this move is having the time, resources, and space to make some of the ideas floating around in my head come to life.
Late at night, when I can’t sleep, I blog hop.
I was torn as to what material would be best for my project.
The winner- a sheet of drywall. Only $5.20 for an 8ft by 4ft sheet!
Just a few days later Breadwinner went back to Lowe’s with a larger vehicle than my little Altima and got my big supplies.
Step two- paint casing with fabulous paint color-Valspar Bayside (since I only needed a little I bought a Lowe’s sample color $2.99)
I painted 4 coats of Kilz primer to ensure my magnet and chalkboard paint didn’t get absorbed and require a billion coats.Then, Breadwinner helped me cut a foot off the end since I wanted my finished project to be slightly smaller than the sheet rock.
The more thin layers you use the better it works.
Then painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint all over the panel.
After priming the panel by rubbing chalk over then wiping it clean I couldn’t WAIT to get it up on the wall!Breadwinner found the studs and screwed directly through my panel and into the wall.
He kept mostly on the edges so we didn’t have lots of screw holes in the solid surface.
The girls couldn’t wait to start ‘chalking’.
Since we didn’t have a miter box, I got to pick up a new toy!
Breadwinner walked me through the basics and I got to work- my very first mitering project!The original plan was to use tiny finishing nails to install the casing around the panel.
After purchasing my $1.49 pack of 150 nails, Breadwinner decided an air nail gun would be much easier.
Of course, we didn’t have one- yeah! another new tool purchase.
Thanks to Harbor Freight we picked one up for super cheap and it will be perfect for the very few times we will actually use it.
Can’t find magnet paint?Want your own brad/nailer?