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How To Build a Chalkboard and Folding Station for a Laundry Room

Learn how to add function to a laundry room with this chalkboard and folding station.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Decide Where the Chalkboard Will Go

Make tick marks across the wall using a level and a tape measure or ruler. Mark on all four sides. Connect the tick marks using a straightedge. Apply painter's tape to the edge of the connected lines. Add butcher paper outside the chalkboard edge with painters tape. The butcher paper will protect the newly painted walls from any excess spray. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area or wear a dust mask.

preparing wall for chalkboard

Step 2: Paint and Frame the Chalkboard

Spray the chalkboard paint from side to side in the exposed area. Allow 2 to 3 hours to dry. Once the chalkboard is dry, remove the butcher paper and painters tape. Apply a 3" door casing on all four sides of the area. This will add a definite frame to the chalkboard.

spray chalkboard paint in exposed area

Step 3: Decide Where the Shelves Will Go

Install the first shelf 36" from the ground. Make tick marks with measuring tape and pencil. Connect the tick marks with a level. Find the studs in the wall and mark with a pencil.

install the first shelf

Step 4: Install the Shelves

Drill L-brackets into the studs. Drop solid shelves into the L-brackets. Repeat these steps to install the second shelf. Hang a hook bracket to hold cleaning supplies in the second closet.