Step 3: Mark Off the Chalkboard Frame Area

Using a ruler or combination square, mark lines 1¼ inches from the top and one side edge of a half sheet of plywood; this will show you where to place your trim. Lay the tile within the two lines, and trace the remaining side and bottom. Then draw another line 1¼ inches from the tin's side edge and a line ½ inch beyond the bottom edge of the tin; this is where you'll mount the backband molding as a chalk holder.
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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