Easiest Chalkboard Shelf from Scraps

Make a chalkboard shelf with hooks perfect for grocery lists and keys and reuseable shopping bags, or as a stocking holder and wish list! This simple plan requires just a couple of screws and you can make it from scraps in just minutes!


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Author Notes: 

While we wait for the heat wave to show up in Interior Alaska so we can get back to Momplexing it, we have been keeping busy with some garage cleaning. The plan is to create a dedicated space for me to work on my projects, and maybe even produce video project plans.

I've been promising everyone a video tutorial section including everything from choosing boards to mastering built-ins.

Anyway, as we've been garage cleaning, I've had a hard time parting with even the smallest of scrap boards. Every board that can still be cut can still be made into something, and scraps are just little projects waiting to be built.

This ..... stocking holder ... naughty/nice scoreboard is from that scrap pile.  
It's just a 1x4 screwed to a 1x12 scrap.  With some hooks added and sprayed with chalkboard spray paint.  
That's it.
The 1x4 isn't even a straight one.
But it will hold a candle ... or pine cones or Christmas cards to be mailed or just some chalk.
You could make a chalkboard shelf and use it as a stocking holder/wish list.
And the best part is you can just convert it to a grocery list or message center when the Holidays are over.
Save your scraps - it's the silver lining of building!
Shopping List: 

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 12" long
1 - D Ring, Hook or other picture hanging kit
2 - hooks or pegs or knobs for hanging
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Pocket hole screws OR regular screws

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Cut List: 

1 - 1x12 @ 24"
1 - 1x4 cut to width of 1x12

chalkboard shelf
Step 1: 

Attach 1x4 to 1x12 to create shelf. Use either the pocket holes or predrilled holes from back.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Attach hooks to area below shelf, centering and using 3/4" screws. You could also use pegs inserted into drilled holes with glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

There are many ways to hang, the easiest is to use a store bought hanging kit for pictures frames, either D rings or cleats.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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I love it. This would be a great score keeping board in a game room. The hooks could hold ping pong paddles or even a small towel to use as an eraser. We have at least a full trash can of scraps saved and can't seem to part with them. This is going on my list. Do you know where those hooks came from? They are cool.

How great is this?!!! Just in time for Christmas, and how quick and easy. Not to mention inexpensive. These could be dressed up with moulding or trim around the top, or fancy cute knobs. I love it best plain, with the sanded edges.

We are right in the middle of building 2 sets of play kitchens and have built and painted 4 hi-chairs and 1 crib. All for Christmas for the grandgirls. And 1 farmhouse doll bed, because my Mom requested one for her dog.

Love all you do!!!!
Thanks so Much

Rhoni T

Hi, I can't find the button to "add to my to do list." Can someone please let me know how I can add this chalkboard to my list?

Thanks a bunch!

at the end of the project plan (just below the Finishing Instructions box), you should see a link to "My To-Do List". Click that link and it should be added to your list. The link is between the Finishing Instruction box and buttons for twitter, google, facebook, etc. Hope this helps!!!

If you wanted 4 hooks instead of 2, would you double the size and dimensions of this project?

Of course you could. The great thing about this "plan," is that it is so simple, you can do ANYTHING you want to it. Make it longer, taller, add shelves, add anything you want. Especially if you have scraps, don't be afraid to try something new on such a small scale as this.