Welcome to From Dust to Glory, and Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend. You’ve picked a great day to visit my blog because I’m finishing up a little series of fun home decor projects. The first was this serving tray and second came these hexagon shelves. Today I’ve got plans for a really cool mountain chalkboard! This one was a bit tricky to figure out the angles on – but now you can reap the benefits of my trial and error process.
- Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
- Staple Gun
- Powered Sander
- (1) 1 x 2 x 72″
- 1/4″ Plywood
- Wood Glue
- Wood Stain
- Chalkboard Paint
- Picture Hanging Hardware
For all the pieces of this project, the ends are cut at 30° angles. You can see in the image above that some pieces have both ends running the same direction and some have both ends angled inward. This is important to create the mountain shape.
Step 1 – Assemble Mountain Frame
Before attaching the pieces, I dry-fit them together to make sure all the angles were correct. This project is almost like a puzzle of sorts and I had to make a few adjustments here and there to find the perfect lengths.
Once I configured the placement of the wood pieces, I began attaching them together. To do this, I used wood glue and a staple gun. The soft pine wood that I used allows the staples to sink in and hold everything together.
Step 2 – Stain Frame
Before staining my frame, I lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper. I used select pine for the frame which is very smooth to begin with. To stain, I used a foam brush and Minwax Wood Stain in “Golden Oak”.
Step 3 – Cut Out Plywood
My original plan for this piece was to cut and paint a thin piece of metal with chalkboard paint and use this as the chalkboard backing. I quickly scrapped this plan when the paint would not adhere to the metal. Plan B – use some scrap 1/4″ plywood and my jig saw. I traced the inside of the mountain onto the plywood and then cut about 1/2″ around that.
Step 4 – Paint Plywood
Using a small foam roller, I covered the entire piece of plywood with two coats of black chalkboard paint.
Step 5 – Attach Mountain Chalkboard and Hang
I attached the chalkboard backing to the mountain frame using my Ryobi 18v brad nailer. Then, I attached a saw tooth picture hanger so I could hang it in our guest bedroom. How cool is this mountain chalkboard? I have to say it’s probably one of my favorite home decor DIY’s.
If you’ve been paying attention the last couple posts, then you know I promised an announcement with this project… and you’re exactly right! If you look up towards the top of my page, you’ll see a little “Shop” button in the menu. I’ve officially created an Etsy shop and that link will take you right to it! The first items that can be purchased are the ones I’ve posted this week, and new ones will be added periodically. If you want some of my handcrafted decor in your home but don’t have the patience or resources to make it, you can head over there and do a little shopping instead! 🙂
Once again, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope to see you back soon!