The application is easy: Choose a tile with a large, unadorned center area, such as the 24-inch Art Deco design here, then rough up the metal with fine-grit sandpaper, prime it, and brush on the paint. To finish the board, hot-glue the tile onto a piece of plywood, then frame it. We used ¼-by-2-inch hardwood strips around the sides and top, and a piece of backband molding at the bottom for holding chalk, and painted them black.
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    Tools List

    • gloves
      Gloves for handling tin
    • paintbrushes
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Ruler or combination square
    • 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


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

    Wood glue