Hi friends! Here is the chalkboard/corkboard combo tutorial I have been promising. Enjoy!
For more great chalkboard inspiring ideas, check out Beth's linky party over at The Stories of AtoZ!
New or old frame (mine was scored at an estate type sale hosted by Rachel for $8!)
Paint for frame
Masonite (often comes in big sheets of 4'x8')
Chalkboard paint or spray paint
Fabric piece of some sort to wrap around cork (optional)
Glue of some sort (I just used a hot glue gun, but wood glue would work well)
Screws or Staple Gun
Phase 1 the planning part & the most important part!:
After aquiring and measuring your frame take a trip to the hardware store for your supplies and to get your masonite cut (unless you have a good table saw at home). My frame is 30"x40", and I knew I wanted half of it to be cork and half to be chalkboard, so I had them cut my masonite to 18"x26" and then at home I cut my cork to the same dimensions.
Now you will need one more piece of masonite cut for the backing of the entire frame (you could also use plywood, but might as well get use out of that big piece of masonite!). I had mine cut to 28.5"x38.5".
Now you can go home with your goodies!
Prep & paint your items starting with the frame. First apply primer.
Prep your chalkboard by first priming the masonite (I learned how to do this phase from this fun post)
24 hours, cover the chalkboard with chalk, then erase. This helps to cure the chalkboard.
Now it's time to get the cork all set. Start off by wrapping your cork (optional) in your choice of fabric. I used burlap because it's cheap, it's neutral, I love it and I had a piece lying around the house.
Now this is the part where we reinforce the burlap, since it is a flimsy material to begin with. Remember that big piece of masonite I had you get cut? Grab that out now. That big piece will serve as not only the reinforcement for the cork, but also the backing for our entire frame. Think of that big piece as the black velvet piece that comes with any photo frame you purchase. Get it? If not, you'll see...
And this is what it will look like when complete
Phase 6 - Assembly (Final Phase!)
So take your frame and lie it face down on your work surface.
And you're done!