Thursday, August 19, 2010

The DIY Chalkboard

With the introduction of chalkboard paint, DIY chalkboards are popping up all over the place. If it's paintable, it's chalkable. (Yeah, I just made that word up. ) You can turn just about any surface into a chalkboard.



I love this idea in Good House Keeping - Silhouettes.

With chalkboard vinyls sheets (found at, you can cut out any shape you want and put it anywhere you want.

Even more fun - Hudson has come out with a line of {colored chalkboard paint}.

Dreaming of a fire engine red dresser for your boy's room AND a surface he can safely scribble on? No problem!

Going the economical route, I searched my house for something I could convert into a chalkboard for my kid's playroom.

I came across a mirror my husband had picked up for me at a thrift store a couple of years ago. It had been taking up space in our closet for awhile and I decided this was a good time to put it to use. I considered painting right over the mirror, but at the suggestion of my MIL (who removed the mirror for me while I was at the hardware store), I decided to take the mirror out.

{Dark wood frame painted turquoise}

Lucky for me the backing was wood, so I sanded that down and used that for my chalkboard.

After a couple coats of paint my chalkboard was ready for assembly.

In a few simple steps, a cute and inexpensive chalkboard for my girls! Now if only I can get my husband to mount it on the wall...

{Stay tuned for another chalkboard project I have planned!}


  1. Oooh, I love the turquoise. So pretty & bright! I think you need to link all these up to my link party tomorrow! PRETTY PUH-LEASE??? :)

  2. I have not yet ventured into trying the chalkboard paint, although I've seen some really cool applications. I say go for it!

  3. Have you used foam core as your chalkboard surface? I find great frames all the time, that I want to turn into chalkboards, but I'm still a little unsure what to use for the actual surface.