Making a DIY Chalkboard

September 26, 2013

I am one of those girls who loves a good chalkboard.

Chalkboards are fun accents in a room and a place to write down an inspirational quote, seasonal greeting, quick note, menu or even a grocery list.

Two of my favorite chalkboards in my home are DIY chalkboards. I have a tall chalkboard in the kitchen breakfast area and a large oversized chalkboard in our dining area. Both of these are chalkboards that I made with just a few pieces.

The kitchen chalkboard is made with a vintage frame that I found at a flea market. I loved its chunky details and old brassy, gold finish — not to mention it was the perfect size for a tall chalkboard.

The chalkboard in our dining room is made from a full sheet of plywood and trim that we bought and framed it with. To see more of this chalkboard and our dining room, you can read about it here.

Making a chalkboard is a super easy project. Here’s what you need:

Find a frame in the size you would like your chalkboard to be. This can be a new frame or a vintage frame that you are using.

Use a piece of pre-made chalkboard (available to purchase at the hardware store) or a piece of smooth plywood and chalkboard paint — also available at a hardware store.

Easy Tip: You can take your measurements (or your frame if it’s not too large) and have the chalkboard cut to the size of your frame at the hardware store. Most hardware stores will have a service where they will cut wood for you for a minimal fee. If you prefer and you are handy with tools — you can cut it out yourself — or grab a handy someone to help you. Just make sure you are using all safety precautions when using tools.

Measure the height and width of your chalkboard area. Note: When measuring, make sure to measure the inside of the frame where the lip is for the correct sizing and so that your board will have a spot to sit.

After you have your board cut to the right size, it’s time to paint it with chalkboard paint. I like to use two coats of chalkboard paint to get a nice, even finish. Brush it on, let it dry and then repeat. Once the paint dries, you can place your board into your frame and secure it with small nails or staples to keep it in place.

An important step is to prime the chalkboard surface before writing on it. Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard and then wipe off. This keeps the surface from picking up and holding onto everything that you write.

That’s it! Your chalkboard is ready for artwork, poems, quotes, menus or whatever you would like to use it for.

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