I made a couple more using these oil drip pans that I picked up at Walmart for $10 each. I wanted these particular chalkboards to also be magnetic, hence the use of the drip pan.
I spray primed the drip pans with gray primer, and then used the latex chalkboard paint that I had on hand from Charm's chalkboard desk project. I taped a border around the edge of the drip pan so it would create a 'frame' of sorts. I hung the boards/pans using 3M Command Strips (4 medium sized ones did the trick). Here is the finished result:
Now, we have a nice learning center for the kids in the basement, right next to my crafting corner. Lucky works on spelling words using magnetic letters and chalk, while Charm works on his food groups and identifying each letter.
When the chalkboard paint is on the drip pan, it's difficult to see the 'Auto Trend Products' imprint in the metal, although as seen below, chalk will bring it out again. It's high enough up on the board, that I'm really not concerned about it getting in the way.
Also, if you are interested in recreating this project try to find the straightest drip pan that you can. I purchased our drip pans on two separate occasions. I bought one to start because I honestly didn't know if it would fit on the left side of our exercise room door (A measurement before heading to Walmart would have been useful:)). I had 4 pans to choose from, and I made sure I got a 'good one'. I went back to Walmart a couple weeks later once I was ready to start painting, and there was only one drip pan left. It was sort of bent and dirty. I bought it anyway, because ever since January, I've been very anti-running to a million different stores to get the one thing I want. I figure if one location doesn't have what I need, it's not meant to be. In this case, I really wanted to get started on the project and there was one left, so I bought the wonky one. I wish I would have waited. It is flat enough, but when you write on it with chalk, it sort of bends in a little. I may add a few more Command strips to solve the problem, but I do wish I would have just purchased a nice flat drip pan. Lesson learned. Sort of. (I still saved myself a trip to another Walmart:)).
2 Oil Drip Pans $20
Spray primer already owned
Chalkboard paint already owned
Total Project Cost: $20 for 2 big ol' chalk/magnet boards
What do you think? Has anyone else been putting chalkboard paint on EVERYTHING:)?