…in the backyard! In early spring I attended Canada Blooms, the largest flower and gardening show in Canada. Canada Blooms is where you go to be inspired and get ready for the growing season ahead. At this year’s show I was particularly impressed with a garden installation by a company called Beinenstock – Natural Playgrounds. Their space included creative, yet simple, ways to get kids playing outdoors. What stood out for me was the outdoor chalkboard. I love chalk…not chalk dust. In fact I was going to install a chalkboard in our newly reno’d kitchen, until I thought of the dust. Why not take it outside?!
When looking for a board to use I found a 2′ x 4′ piece of hardboard…one side it has a melamine coating…picked it up off the shelf at Home Depot. Alternately you could use a piece of plywood – with a smooth surface. Be sure to prime all side and edges to deter warping.
We primed and painted the raw side of the board with 4 coats of chalkboard paint. For extra protection from the rain, we ran Heavy Duty – All Weather Duct Tape along the edges of the board.
We placed square scraps of wood behind the board, at each corner and at the mid-point. These squares of wood will create a gap between the fence and the board.
Without the gap, water would rest on the top of the board, this way the rain will (hopefully) run behind the board. We used screws and washers to attach the board to the fence. Once attached, the kids did the rest.
The girls love playing with the chalkboard. Living in the city, our yard is small, no one is playing soccer back there. Instead we have to think of creative ways to use the space. The chalkboard is a nice piece that the girls and their friends can enjoy, and when they outgrow it we can simply take it down.
Hot Tip: Try and place your chalkboard in an area of the yard that is in the shade – this will help keep the board from fading and will make a comfortable place for the kids to play