Introduction

a tin-tile chalkboard
Photo: Tina Rupp
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Any family can benefit from a centrally located message center, but those ubiquitous dry-erase boards often sorely lack style. For something with a little more charm, coat a tin ceiling tile with chalkboard paint.
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    Tools List

    • gloves
      Gloves for handling tin
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Ruler or combination square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • hot glue gun
      Hot-glue gun
    • miterbox with saw
      Miter saw

    Shopping List

    24-inch-square tin ceiling tile

    Painter's tape

    Very-fine-grit and fine-grit sandpaper

    Red-oxide metal primer

    Brush-on chalkboard paint

    ¼-inch plywood

    ¼-by-2-inch hardwood strips

    Backband molding

    Primer

    Latex paint in a color of your choice (for frame)

    Wood glue