If there was one toy that I never seemed to get enough of as a child (actually I still can't get enough of them!) it was a chalkboard but they can get a bit messy indoors. So I decided Aggie just needed to have an exterior chalkboard this year. And since she loves playing with these magnetic letters, I knew it had to be magnetic as well. This way she can make as much mess with chalk as she wants and misspell to her hearts delight without worry.
We hung it this weekend and it's already a hit.
To build it I used a 3 foot by 5 foot piece of galvanized steel, exterior flat paint, unsanded grout, 3 lengths of 2x1 wood boards, metal screws, 2 rope hooks (you can skip these if you aren't hanging on a chain link fence) and chalk.
Readymade chalkboard paint is not recommended for exterior use so I had to make my own. The recipe calls for 2 tbsps of unsanded grout for every 1 cup of paint. I mixed til my arm was sore but I was never able to get all the lumps out. It worked well enough even with a few small clumps in there but if I were to do this project again, I'd ask the paint desk to mix up the grout with the paint in the shaking machine. I gave the metal 3 solid coats and let dry completely for several days.
Finally I measured and cut the boards to serve as a decorative frame. The boards were attached with a few metal screws from the back on each edge. Finally the rope cleats were added through the metal and the wood for easy hanging on the chain link fence.
Not only will this be a fun play spot for my daughter but I think it will work well for grown up uses as well like a barbecue menu or a photo backdrop.
By no means perfect but I'm looking forward to enjoying it with Aggie all summer. I'm not sure how long this will last in the harsh outdoor elements but I'll keep you posted.