DIY: Chalkboard Fireplace Cover!

Our little Dette Cakes is getting curious about EVERYTHING!! About 5 times last week I had to grab her out of the fireplace and clean her little sooty hands. It was kind of a nightmare, so I started searching on Pinterest for some baby proofing solutions. I came across this tutorial and fell in love! I knew I had to recreate it and was so excited for my husband to come home and help me make this. The total cost of this DIY was only about $25 and it has been such a peace of mind knowing Odette won't be playing in the fireplace anymore. Here's how the finished DIY project turned out...

Okay, so let's start out at the beginning! This is a picture of how our fireplace looked before our little DIY venture...

 Full of possibilities in the mind of a toddler!

To complete this DIY we went to Home Depot and purchased:

  1. A large smooth board for only $10

  2. 2 packs of industrial strength Velcro

  3. 1 smooth roller

  4. Chalkboard Paint: I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Chalkboard Paint but you could also use Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.

Next you will need to cut the piece of wood to fit exactly in the open space of the fireplace. My husband used a table saw for this, and it only took about 5 minutes to cut. If you don't have a saw, ask someone who works at Home Depot to cut it for you! Just make sure your dimensions are right when you have them cut it.

Measure twice, cut once!

Once your piece of wood is cut, it's time to paint! I painted several coats of chalkboard paint waiting about 45 minutes between coats (I believe mine took 4 coats total). Once you've finished with that, wait at least 24 hours and then attach it with industrial strength Velcro. I was pleasantly surprised at just how strong this Velcro was. Odette surely won't be pulling it down anytime soon!

So, there you have it! A beautiful blank canvas ready for some chalk. Odette is still too young to draw on it, but you better believe I'll have some fun with it until then. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy DIYing and have a great weekend!!

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