Bring order and organization to your back to schools routine by creating a chalkboard shelf, inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Family Calendar. You can make this chalkboard shelf with basic, off the shelf materials, the most basic of power tools, with these simple step by step instructions. This free do it yourself furniture plan features diagrams, a cut list and shopping list - everything you need to help you make your own Pottery Barn furniture for a fraction of the retail cost.
12 feet of 1x6 whitewood boards
30" of 1x4 whitewood boards
1 - chalkboard 31 1/2" x 18 1/4" (Make your own from hardboard and chalkboard paint)
Heavy duty picture hanging kit
Either pocket hole screws or nails as noted below.
2 - 1x6 @ 29" (Sides)
1 - 1x4 @ 30" (Bottom)
3 - 1x6 @ 30" (Shelves)
2 - 1x6 @ 6 1/2" (Cubby Dividers)
1 - chalkboard @ 31 1/2" x 18 1/4" (make your own with a piece of hardboard and chalkboard paint)
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!
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.