Front Porch Chalkboard

The outside of our house is an area I struggle with.

We have a really great 1979 ranch home that is truly lovely, inside and out.

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Of course most of the work on our home has been focused on the inside, which is where we spend our time, and truthfully where it was most needed.

But since we have pretty much done over every room, at least for now, I have turned my eyes outward.

And with anticipation of the weather getting even cooler soon, I can’t wait to work outside. I have plans to paint the shutters and front door and trim bushes and maybe even plant some flowers.

In the meantime, I did a simple and heat-friendly project for the outside: this chalkboard.

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I wanted to dress up our front porch with something large and fun and welcoming. We have people over often and so I wanted it to look cute.

Here’s how I made it:

I used all leftover scrap wood!

  • Plywood cut to 24” x 36”
  • Trim cut for edges of plywood: 24” x2 and 36” x2- mine are pre-primed!
  • Chalkboard paint (I used the Valspar spray paint for $6)
  • White latex paint
  • Small clamps
  • Masking tape
  • Wood glue
  • Picture hanging kit
  • Chalk

I started by cutting my piece of plywood with our circular saw.

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Then I laid the plywood down on a piece of cardboard in the grass and did 2 light coats of the chalkboard spray paint about 10 minutes apart and let it dry over night.

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I cut my trim pieces to length and then mitered the corners since I was using decorative trim and it was staying white. Using raw wood that you could stain would also look great and then you wouldn’t necessarily need to miter. But since our brick is red/orange I wanted the trim crisp white. This was my first time using the miter saw and I have to say I rocked it! Only messed up once! :)

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Then I brought all the trim inside and painted one coat of white semi-gloss paint and let it dry overnight. Ready to assemble! I used masking tape to line up the trim to keep the mitered corners straight and secured it with masking tape. Then I used wood glue and small clamps to do two sides at a time.

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I let it dry overnight and then attached a small picture hanger to the back.

To make sure that your first chalking doesn’t stay faintly forever, you season it by rubbing chalk all over the surface and rubbing it off. Then you are ready to draw!

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Ta dah!

I used a print from Pinterest for my sign. I copied it freehand and was surprised with how well it turned out!!

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I am so happy with how this turned out! The size is so great because there is room for large print- it’s even readable from our driveway!

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I can’t wait to change it out for the seasons or parties!

The best part? It only cost me $6 for the chalkboard spray paint since I already had everything else. Score.

What do you think of the big chalkboard? Are you loving chalkboards like me?

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3 thoughts on “Front Porch Chalkboard

  1. I love this! I bought the materials to do the same thing months ago but can’t decide what to write on mine. You’ve inspired me to get mine done. Great job!

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