DIY Chalkboard

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After this project, I want to chalkboard EVERYTHING. Okay maybe not everything, but it was so easy and quick, not to mention inexpensive. The results were stunning! I found this big, old dusty frame at a thrift store, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it…

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This project was long overdue. I love doodling our dinner menus at home (when I have time) but my small Michael’s chalkboard just wasn’t cutting it for my big ideas (see below):

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Cute.. but I wanted bigger! Lately I’ve really been into do-it-yourself projects, so I thought this would be the perfect time to do a step-by-step tutorial for my first DIY chalkboard. I made this one for just about $10- and I bought larger sized items (to use for future projects as well) so you could probably do this project for $5 if you want!

This is what you’ll need:

  • Frame: I wanted to make a large chalkboard, so I bought this 30″ x 24″ solid wood frame at Goodwill for $4.99
  • Chalkboard paint: the black chalkboard paint by Craft Smart I found at Michael’s, I paid $2.99 (originally $4.99- I used their 40% coupon)
  • Paint for frame: I used the Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in White from Joann’s for $2.75 (originally $5.49- I used their 50% coupon)
  • Brushes: I bought my foam brushes at Target (5 for $1 in the dollar section)- but I’ve seen them even less expensive at craft stores

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To begin, I popped out the picture which was fixed onto a fiberboard backing- this part will become my chalkboard. I set the frame aside. You don’t have to separate the frame and board, but I did to keep things as clean as possible. I’ve also heard of applying the chalkboard paint directly on glass (if you’re using a large picture frame), but I’ve also heard of it peeling off when you go to erase your chalk… and I didn’t want to run into those issues- I don’t have time for that!

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I cleaned off the picture fiberboard  with alcohol and let it dry for a few minutes.Then I shook up the chalkboard paint and applied it to the board.

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I ended up doing two layers, one with my strokes going left to right, and one going top to bottom. This allowed for the most even coverage. I let it dry for 2-3 hours as the bottle directed. You can see my first layer of paint drying below on the left.. and then the second picture it’s all dry.

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Now we need to condition our chalkboard. Conditioning helps so you’ll be able to erase more easily, and won’t see the aftermath of chalks past. Here’s a good example of what happens when you don’t condition- and this is after scrubbing! How obvious is it that we had chicken kabobs last night?

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To condition your board, take a piece of chalk and run it lengthwise all over the board. Then wipe it away! Now the board is more resilient and looks a little less perfect, and I prefer it that way!

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Next I grabbed my frame and went to work. Again I used the alcohol to wipe off all the dust and cobwebs and who knows what was on there. Then I painted two coats on the back of the frame, and two coats on the front, letting it dry about an hour in between (I used a quick dry paint).

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Painting was so easy and quick- I almost did a third coat- but I decided not to once I saw the finish after two coats. I love how there’s some dark peeking through, it looks slightly rustic and soo pretty..

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After this was completely dry, I popped my chalkboard back into the frame and admired my work- finally a big chalkboard of my own! I decided to add a homemade burlap/gold bunting to the top (another easy tutorial coming soon!), and an inspirational verse to top it all off:

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I absolutely LOVE how this turned out, it’s the perfect addition to our home. I don’t know what’s better – the fact that this chalkboard is prettier than I imagined, or that it was even less expensive than I thought it would be! 🙂

Let me know if you plan on trying this and how it goes- I hope you have as much fun as I did!

xoxo,

Smitha

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22 thoughts on “DIY Chalkboard

  1. Good tip with the conditioning. I’ve recently made a board as well, but luckily I forgot to buy chalk so I haven’t written anything yet. Now I can use your tip!
    And I know what you mean with wanting to paint everything. I want to make my entire studio into a chalkboard!

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  2. I love this! I’m definitely going to have to try this out soon. I also never knew you have to “condition” the board so it’s easier to erase. For my wedding, I had a chalkboard which I messed up on. I tried to erase it but it looked horrible as it didn’t clear all the way through. Had I known this, I could have saved time and money (and unnecessary stress on top of stress) lol

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