Plywood (frame optional)
Chalkboard paint, paper, or cloth
Feel like making a new chalkboard? Great! This one will be more than just a sign, though. Make it for an entryway and it can hold each household member’s jacket. Or, make it for a child’s room and he or she will be more organized. A personalized, chalkboard-and-spool organizer offers a cool way to hang things up, and identify them, while creating a new home accent for nearly any room of the house.
There are so many choices nowadays, when it comes to making chalkboards, that it’s a wonder anyone ever makes a final decision. You can paint a chalkboard directly on a wall by applying masking tape to the wall in the shape of a square or rectangle. Paint inside the square to make the chalkboard. Or, use a different product instead of paint. Online and in some local places, you can purchase chalkboard fabric, and even chalkboard contact paper.
Many things, besides walls, can be turned into chalkboards. Some examples include picture frames, dishes, tables, and chairs. But for the organizer that you’re going to make, use a piece of plywood, so it will be thick and sturdy.
Paint the plywood with chalkboard paint or apply chalkboard fabric or contact paper to it. It will take more than one coat of paint, and the paint can be messy, but it comes in many different colors. Chalkboard cloth or contact paper are hard to find in any color besides black.
Use as many spools as you want. Choose screws that are larger in diameter – but only slightly – than the spool openings. The number of spools you’ll need will depend on the arrangement that you make with them, what you’re organizing, and how large the board is.
Screw each spool to the board to make the pegboard that you like. If you’re organizing jewelry, write “Jewelry” across the top, and attach several spools. Or, write “Cuffs” over one spool, “Chains” over another, and so on. If you’re making an entryway organizer, screw one spool into the board for each member of the family, and arrange them across the bottom of the chalkboard. Across the top, write “Jackets”. Or, write each person’s name over the top of his or her spool and no one will accidentally grab the wrong one. The chalkboard and spool organizer can also hold coffee mugs, certain craft supplies, dog leashes, scarves, hats, sweaters, adjoined taper candles, and so much more.