How to Make A Custom Slate Chalkboard

By Robert Robillard on How To

Custom Slate Chalkboard

In this article we will show you how we cut a 100 year-old authentic schoolhouse chalkboard and created a custom frame in which to hang it. A client of ours came across some an old slate blackboard that was salvaged from an old Massachusetts boarding school. This blackboard was originally installed in the French room of the school over 100 years ago and was recently replaced with an interactive whiteboard projector during a remodel – how the times change!

How to Make A Custom Slate Chalkboard

Reusing Old Slate Blackboard

The client loved the antique look and feel of the slate and wanted to make a smaller chalkboard for their kitchen. They had a small space approximately 20 x 54 inches in front of an exposed brick chimney where they wanted to write notes, to do lists, grocery lists, and menus for dinner parties. They tried MDF with blackboard paint, but it wore quickly and didn’t feel authentic enough in their recently remodeled chef’s kitchen.

Why slate?

Salvaged slate chalkboard has a beautiful, aged look to it. It’s a creative alternative to the more common green chalkboards. The black color of slate compliments many designs and home projects – it’s an aesthetic that is both timely and timeless.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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