How to Make a Chalkboard

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in art, crafts | 7 comments

Do you ever get in a hurry…and do ridiculous things while trying to hurry?

And in the quest to get things done quickly…you actually spend more time doing what you are trying to get done?

Like instead of making 2 trips to get your groceries to your house from the car, you try to carry it all in one and you end up dropping half of what you were trying to carry?

Or when you are trying to make a chalkboard real quick and you end up grabbing the High Heat black paint {instead of the chalkboard paint} and you paint on all 3 coats and then you try to write on it and you can’t figure out why it’s not erasing?

Ok…so I’m guessing that I’m probably the only one who has ever done that…but it happened to me today. UGH.

But luckily the sun was shining and the paint was drying fast and the chalkboard is finished!

And if I had known how easy it was to make…I would have made one years ago!

How to Make a Chalkboard:

DIY Chalkboard

How to Make a Chalkboard


One Wood frame

{You can pick these up at yard sales or in thrift stores…ignore the ugly picture…you just need the frame. 🙂 }

1/4″ birch plywood cut 1″ larger than the picture opening

{Lowes will cut this for you! Just take your frame so they get it right!}

1 can of Chalkboard Paint

{I prefer spray paint. It gives a smoother finish.}

Rub and Buff in Gold Leaf

Soft Bristled Brush

DIY Chalkboard

Staple Gun

1/2″ staples

{Ignore the fact that the box says 3/8″

Remember the part where I was hurrying? Well, the 3/8″ staples weren’t quite long enough and I didn’t want to have to stop to take another picture.}

How to Use Rub and Buff

Using the brush, apply the Rub and Buff to the frame.

Just put a bit on your brush and really work it around.

Using Rub and Buff

I started with this.

Using Rub and Buff

And ended up with this.

The perfect amount of gold!

Spray paint the plywood with 3 coats of paint.

Let them dry for just a bit between painting.

{Somewhere between coats 1 and 2 is where the spray paint confusion happen. Read your labels carefully people.}

Make your own chalkboard

When the paint is dry {the can says to wait 24 hours before you get to this step…but you know…the hurrying thing!}

prime the entire board.

You do this by turning chalk onto its side and rubbing the entire board down.

Then clean it off with a soft damp cloth.

I am all about hurrying and skipping steps that don’t need to be taken, but this one really needs to happen or the first thing you every write on your chalkboard will be there forever…in kind of a weird shadowy way…don’t ask me how I know.

How to Make a Chalkboard

Once the board is primed, staple it to the back of your frame.

Add sawtooth hangers to the back.

DIY Chalkboard

And enjoy your new chalkboard which was made at a fraction of the cost of the ones I have seen in stores!

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  1. Love it, how did you staple the board to the frame?

    • So sorry that I didn’t show that step! {I was in a hurry.} I had them cut the board 1 inch larger than the picture opening. Then I laid the frame face down on a hard surface and laid the board on the back of the frame. Using a staple gun, I stapled the board into the back of the frame around the edges. That is why it is important to choose a wood frame! Hope that helps!

  2. I make these all the time for gifts. everyone loves them and if you get an old frame sometimes you can use the backing to paint as your chalkboard. I even use the ugly picture that was in the frame for wrapping paper! I make my own chalkboard paint with unsanded grout and acrylic paint so I can have a variety of colors. I just water it down a little so I don’t have the lines from the paint brush. Also at Walmart, in the bridal section, they have these amazing chalk markers! You might want to try them too!

  3. I always love your DIY projects! They are simple,straight forward, useful & PRACTICAL! 🙂


  4. Well, we won’t mention my mishaps because of hurrying but suffice it to say, I understand. 😉
    I’ve been thinking of making one for the breakfast room – maybe now I will get it done! Love yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Melissa that turned out great…I really need to make a larger chalkboard for my daughters room! Just took the tour over at Jennifer’s 🙂

  6. Off the subject but related, how does one get rid of chalkboard paint on a porcelain plate? I recently bought a beautiful piece with an ornate edge and a bent spoon for a handle at a thrift store. The chalkboard paint had drips and I thought I could just give it a few coats of chalkboard paint and build it up to be smooth and even and all I have is a gloppy mess. I’ve checked everywhere on line to no avail. I love the piece…how do I salvage it???

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