Friday, May 13, 2011

Art + Outdoors = Artdoorsy

When I saw this idea for an outdoor chalkboard on Ohdeedoh last week, I instantly wanted one in our backyard too. And I knew just the daddy who could make it happen. Lucky for me, Eric thought it was a pretty cool idea and didn't hesitate to go buy the materials and get started. It might have worked to my advantage too, that a new Menards had just opened and he wanted to check it out.

Needless to say, the kids are enjoying it. Bea's favorite part is the bucket of chalk that hangs off the side. Go figure.


49 comments:

Unknown said...

I love this! I want to do this in my backyard but have a few questions. First, how did you secure it to the fence? And second, did you use any type of sealant? Thanks!!

Lily's Mommy said...

I absolutely love it and want to make it for my daughter. Did you use any type of sealant? How does it hold up to the elements?? Thank you so much for the great idea.

Project Denneler said...

Thanks! My husband used birch plywood. First we painted the front and back with primer to seal it, and then we just painted the front with a quart of chalkboard paint. He attached it to the fence with galvanized wood screws.

So far so good, it's been 9 months and it looks brand new.

Good luck!

Jessica said...

Looks fun! I'm guessing you could also use it with the sidewalk chalk "paint" recipe online and also painting with water. Do your kids ever paint with it?

Project Denneler said...

We've never tried chalk paint, but I'm sure they'd love it. I'll have to look that up.

joannalee said...

Love this idea! My kids would really enjoy this. How much did all the materials cost and how much time to make/hang?

Project Denneler said...

Probably less than $50 and one weekend. All you need is a sheet of birch plywood ($30), primer ($5) and a quart of chalkboard paint ($15).

Janice said...

This is awesome! And the weather doesn't harm it? Rain? Snow? Do you have a lid for the bucket to keep it from getting nasty from rain etc?

Project Denneler said...

We've had no problems so far. My husband drilled holes in the bottom of the bucket so that rain & sprinkler water could run out of it and not ruin the chalk.

Anonymous said...

How many screws did u use to secure it to the fence?

Anonymous said...

Also how may coats of paint did u apply?

Thx

Project Denneler said...

My husband now tells me he used MDO plywood -Medium Density Overlay. (I thought he originally used birch plywood.) I guess MDO is more widely used in outdoor projects because it's a weather-resistant plywood that has a smooth surface. You can get it at Home Depot, Lowe's or Menards.

We did one coat of primer (front & back) and three coats of chalkboard paint on the front. He affixed it to the fence with 6 screws - three on the right and three on the left.

... said...

I love this too! Thanks for the info on what type of wood. Ours will go indoors on our wall in the homeschool room. Any chance your handy husband would mind giving me a few ideas for how to attach it to an indoor wall?

Project Denneler said...

It kind of depends on the wall.... is it sheetrock or plaster or paneling? Screws will most likely work just fine, but it's always a good idea to use molly bolts. Or at least screw into a stud if you can find them.

Anonymous said...

What kind of primer? Oil?

Project Denneler said...

Yes. We use KILZ all the time. It's an oil-based primer.

ASloane said...

This would be great for adults too-- BBQ menu board, message board for friends to write on at a birthday party, Bean Bag Toss (Cornhole here in the South) scoreboard, etc... Love this idea!

Donna Skees said...

What size is yours????

Project Denneler said...

Our chalkboard is 4ft x 8ft.

LK said...

So if I remember correctly, Ohdeedoh said they used a mixture of grout and paint... But you didn't, right?

Project Denneler said...

Nope. We just used KILZ primer and a quart of chalkboard paint. You can get it at most hardware stores or craft stores.

vixen Made said...

I NEED this!! I've seen this idea in the past and have been planning on making one for my kids this year. I shared yours on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/06/10-diy-outdoor-projects.html. Great job!!

Harley Mom said...

Such a cute idea!!

Anonymous said...

When my kids were small we had a metal panel like this attached to the garage. We would hold that paper on therw with magnetic strips and then let them finger paint with chocolate pudding! When they were done. hose it off. I bet you could use a metal panel for this chalkboard surface and do double duty.

Tami said...

Chalk board paint absorbs moisture so how can this be outside in the weather? The wood would rot in a season would it not? I have used the paint inside and it works great but there would be no way to seal the wood that I see to protect from moisture. I would really like to know if anyone has an idea how to do that?

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Project Denneler said...

Tami - we sealed ours with BINZ Primer Sealer (both sides) before we painted it with chalkboard paint. It's been outside on our fence for 18+ months and it looks fine & works perfectly. My kids just used it last week when their cousin came to visit. Granted, we're living in a drought area right now, so it hasn't seen much rain or moisture. But it's had some pretty intense heat and super cold temps, and it hasn't warped, cracked or rotted anywhere.

Elephant for a Dime -Beth said...

Wonder if the martha stewart make it yourself chalkboard paint would work.

Whitney Cannon said...

Thank you so much for sharing this idea. My husband and I just made ours this afternoon. It looks great and was so easy. Our daughter will have so much fun!

Project Denneler said...

Yea! Thanks... I love hearing when others take on a project. Our still looks and works great... almost 2 years later. We got a ton of snow recently, but my kids still enjoy playing with the chalkboard in winter too. http://www.projectdenneler.com/2013/02/snow-daze.html

Under the Stars Photography said...

Excited to try this! Looking up outdoor chalkboard paint currently!<3

Anonymous said...

Did you use indoor, or did you find outdoor chalkboard paint?

Anonymous said...

We have snow here on Wyoming off and on from oct till April how do do weather proof it or do u cover it some how?

Project Denneler said...

We just used a regular quart of chalkboard paint from Home Depot. The only weather proofing we did to our board was to paint both sides with BINZ Primer Sealer before we painted it with chalkboard paint. We also have extreme heat and extreme cold in Kansas - rain and snow too. So far, two years later, it's perfectly fine. No warping, cracking or weathering.

Shannon (Lilly's Mom) said...

Made the chalkboard for my daughter this weekend! Was surprised how easy it was. And cheap! $30 for board, $18 for chalkboard paint and $9 for primer/sealant = $57! And I already had the chalk bucket and the chalk. My 2 year old played with it for hours today. Thanks for the great idea!!!

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Becky said...

Fabulous idea! I'm so tired of chalk on the porch that gets tracked INSIDE! This sounds like a good weekend honey-do project. Thanks for the post!

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Anonymous said...

You can make your own chalk board paint with unsanded grout and any colour paint you'd like to mix with it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the post and added detail instructions! This project inspired us to do the whole back wall of our barn-styled garage! We had to replace the wall anyways due to warping, and once I showed hubby this post he was on board.

Anonymous said...

Well after a mishap that just about cost my husband his finger, our basketball goal is no more. I had decided to spray paint it with chalkboard paint and use it on the fence. It's plexiglas and thick and heavy! But it has 8 holes already in it ,so I'm gonna use those to attach to fence. I think now maybe I will make the kind with outdoor paint and grout . I sure hope it's not too heavy. Thanks for posting this .

JustSue said...

Did you use Kilz or Binz for the primer? You mentioned both, so unsure which you actually used.

Project Denneler said...

It's been so long now, I honestly can't remember what brand of primer we used. (Mostly because my husband has both kinds in our garage at all times - KILZ and BIN.) They both work great. You just need to make sure that it's EXTERIOR primer.

tashi said...

This is way cool for outside..i just painted the garage wall with chalkboard paint and framed it for the g-kids when it is nasty outside..might now have to do one for outside!

Paige Middlemen said...

Where did u find the bucket & how did u hang it ?

Project Denneler said...

I got the bucket at Hobby Lobby. We put a screw into the top of the chalkboard, tied a string to the bucket handle, then tied the string around the screw.

Heidi said...

Thanks for this info! Did you use plywood AND tempered hardwood liquid nailed to adhere togethter, (like in the OhDeeDoh post), or just the plywood? Thanks!

Project Denneler said...

We just used MDO plywood. (MDO, or medium density overlay, is engineered plywood with a resin treated fiber applied to both faces. This gives an extremely smooth finish that is easy to paint. In addition it's rated for exterior use, which means it is safe from the elements, insects, and extreme temperatures.)

Megan Zorich said...

Heya

Just wondering what thickness the board is?

Thanks :)

Project Denneler said...

I think it's 5/8-inch thick.

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