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Build A Magnetic Chalkboard and Get Ready for Back to School

Build A Magnetic Chalkboard and Get Ready for Back to School

Looking for a set of instructions you can print out? You can find them here.


  • 24×24” Masonite board (or thin sheet good) (1) (back)
  • 24 x 24” Galvanized sheet metal (1) (back)
  • 1×2 24” Fir/Pine/Hemlock (4) (frame sides) (45 angle cut on both ends)
  • 7/8” Nails (12)
  • Picture hanging D-ring hooks with screws (2)
  • Construction adhesive
  • Chalk
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Paint or stain for frame

Assembly Tools

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Clamps
  • Caulk gun
  • Nail gun
  • Paint brush or foam brush

Step One

illustration of glue being spread on Masonite board

Apply a generous amount of construction adhesive to the 24×24” Masonite board.

Step Two

illustration of galvanized sheet on top of prepared Masonite board

Place 24×24” galvanized sheet on top of adhesive and weigh down or clamp together to hold in place.

Step Three

illustration of galvanized sheet painted with chalkboard paint

Paint the 24×24” galvanized sheet side with 2 coats of chalkboard paint.

Step Four

illustration of frame pieces being painted

Paint or stain the 1×2 24” frame pieces.

Step Five

illustration of attaching frame to chalkboard

Glue and nail the frame pieces to the chalkboard, using three 7/8” nails per frame side.

Step Six

illustration of attaching d-ring hooks

Flip over and install 2 D-ring hooks.

Step Seven

illustration of finished project

Let chalkboard dry for 24 hours before seasoning it by using the side of a piece of white chalk and running the chalk over the entire surface of the chalkboard, wiping off any excess with a cotton rag.

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