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DIY Chalkboard

I was looking for a chalkboard to hang in a specific place in my kitchen. Everything I found in stores was too wide and didn’t fit the space, so I decided to make one on my own, with a frame to match my wooden kitchen table. This project was cheap and super easy!

By: Dana


  • Hardboard (home depot) – 1/8” x 24” x 48” ($5)
  • chalkboard spray paint (Michaels) ($12)
  • 1” x 2” pine board – $3
  • wood stain (Varathane Wood stain in Golden Oak) – already had
  • cheese cloth (for applying stain) & gloves
  • Elmers Probond Advanced Glue
  • drill, screwdriver
  • #5 x 5/8” wood screws
  • picture hanger hardware, hammer




1) Cut board to size – Home Depot can do this for you if you don’t own a saw (mine is 19” w x 30” l).

2) Spray hardboard with chalkboard spray paint – do at least 3 separate coats (mine took 4).

3) Cut 1” x 2” boards for tops and bottoms.  I cut mine on 45-degree angle, but you could just do straight across top and have length boards meet up with them. Measure tip to tip, add extra 1/8” to length to make sure boards cover entire length of chalkboard.

Cut frame


4) Apply wood stain – I used 3 applications to achieve desired colour and spray 2 coats of laquer (satin finish) to seal and protect wood.

Stain and Glue


5) Line up top trim board, apply glue, flip over and secure with screws along the top. Follow same steps for sides and bottom piece. Make sure to wipe away any excess glue.

6) Secure picture hanging hardware to back and hang!

Finished product!


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  1. I’m waiting for chalkboard paint to be delivered and this DIY can also work well if you take the glass out of a frame and fit a piece of paper painted with chalkboard paint to it!
    Gr8 post!

    January 5, 2016

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