I think you’re going to love this former photo display room divider turned into chalkboards!
So, I had an old tri-fold photo room divider screen in my stash. For a long time, I pondered on what I could do with it, and because I love everything chalkboard, it seemed the route to go. It would be great for a wedding (as seen here). I filled in the chalkboards with Jamie and Andy’s wedding info for an example.
Of course after I painted each piece a different color is when I thought of a couple of things I could have done with it, one of which being a small tower shelf. Oh well, maybe I’ll find another someday.
Dismantle the room divider
This is how it started out. The hinges were messed up, missing some pins. And the inserts were long gone.
Paint the individual sections
I mixed up some home-made chalk paint using plaster of paris my favorite chalky paint primer in three different colors and painted each piece. I waxed them.
Not shown: I cut some 8×10 luan pieces to use as inserts and painted them with regular chalkboard paint on one side, and black DIY chalk paint on the back side. I actually cut 15 without dry fitting them to the holes. Hindsight 20/20 I should have cut one and tested it. However, I cut them exactly 8×10 and they should have been a little larger all the way around.
I used these Glazier’s points on some of the boards. I bought some of those picture things online, turn buttons, they’re called. But the screws were too long for the luan.
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Attach chalkboards to room divider
The turn buttons didn’t work, the Glazier points wouldn’t work in the top section because of the grooves all away around the insert. I decided to glue them with my trusty Gorilla Wood Glue. Oh,I did use the Glazier points too, but I don’t like how sharp they are.
So, I ordered a Logan Dual Point Elite Driver , and I LOVE it! It shoots those pointy things into the wood. You can get flexible points that are bendable to allow you to remove pictures, or rigid points that are semi-permanent. (till you remove them)
I have several more frames I’ll be turning into chalkboards, so I thought this might come in handy.
Fun room divider project turned into chalkboards!
Here are the three pieces side by side.
I’m always happy when I can repurpose something into a chalkboard, and I love all three colors. These multi-purpose chalkboard displays could be hung, or leaned against a wall.
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