Geoff Mclarty from Evangel Assembly of God in Wichita, KS brings us these great chalk grids that subtly form a cross.
They wanted to make a stage element that would fit with their three week Easter sermon series, but could also be used throughout the spring and then repurposed. They have a large stage (52′ wide and 28′ high) which gives them plenty of space to work with. They have a stage curtain and wall with a cross behind the curtain, so using the existing wall was not do-able. They needed something that was sturdy on stage, but could be taken down if needed.
Using some inspiration from Chalk and Paper Strips by Oasis Church, they started charting out a massive chalkboard wall. Because of the previously mentioned drum cage and the angles of two side walls, they determined that making a 40′ wide wall would work, but the challenge was what to do with the 28′ high back wall. Cost prevented them from making something to cover it all, so they decided to make it 8′ tall, which worked out well.
Materials they purchased/used:
4’x8′ Sheets of plywood
2 Gallons of flat black paint
10pound bag of unsanded grout
3 Rolls of 2″ Painters Tape
Lots of Chalk
They first laid out frames of the 2×8 studs and screwed them together with deck screws. They made the frames in 8’x8′ sections and braced the center with a trimmed 2×8. So each section took 5 studs. They made sure to shorten one side of the frame so that there would a slight over hang of the plywood sheet. This helped them slide each frame together with minimal gap in between. Then they screwed 2 of the 4×8 plywood sheets to the frame. They started along the left hand side of the stage, standing them up and made an angled brace so that they could be screwed into the stage and not fall over. From there they continued framing and bracing the wall sections to the floor.
To save on cost, they made their own chalkboard paint. They mixed one gallon of flat black paint with 2 cups of unsanded grout. It took one coat to cover the entire wall, but that took about 1 1/2 gallons of paint. Next, they used painters tape and a chalk line to make a grid. The painters tape was 2″ wide, which is what they wanted the gap between the squares to be. After they made the grid, the hard part started. They wanted the tiles to look “Shabby Chic”. So they layered different colors together to get some depth to the coloring.
All together the project took about 20 hrs for two people to complete. They worked on it over a week, as time permitted. Total cost for this stage design was $355.