On the weekend I tackled a quick and easy project for Max. An outdoor chalkboard.
Max loves to draw so I was really hopeful that he would love this, and he does! Once I let him loose with his jumbo chalk the only thing that could drag him away was the lure of the trampoline.
I was inspired by this project from the pinterest challenge.
I started out with a 900 x 1200 piece of marine ply from bunnings and I painted it with some left-over chalkboard paint that I had from my kitchen chalkboard. I thought I was going to need three coats, but after only two it was perfect. I also painted along the top, bottom and side edges just to give it a little bit more protection from rain.
|Try not to be jealous of my designer outdoor area (sarcasm). One day we will get there!|
Because of where I was planning on screwing it into the fence I also added some extra bits of wood to the back of the board to help prevent it warping over time. I used liquid nails to attach it so that there wouldn't be any nails or screws getting in the way of Max's artistic endeavors.
Once the liquid nails had set Sean gave me a hand attaching it onto the fence. We just used regular timber screws (making sure that they weren't long enough to pop through on the neighbours side of the fence).
|That chalky look is from where I 'seasoned' the board with white chalk.|
We decided to hang it down the side of the house next to the clothesline. It's a part of the yard that isn't really seen, meaning that the chalkboard won't get in the way of the landscaping I'm (one day) planning to do.
|Random Cooper photo :)|
I added a chalk tin and some jumbo chalk and we were ready to go.
Max (and his cousins) absolutely love it!
Like I said, it was really easy and it was super cheap too:
Marine Plywood - $10.50
Chalkboard paint - $0 (left-over from another project)
Timber Scraps - $0 (left over from a retaining wall we built)
Screws - $0 (from the massive tub of screws we have in the garage
Chalk tin - $4 from a dollar store
Chalk - $6 (but you can definitely get it cheaper)
Total - $20.50 (if you had to buy everything you'd probably be looking at around $35 - $40 at the most).
Probably the easiest DIY I've done to date!
My entry into Just Something I Whipped Up sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines