Wednesday, 29 May 2013

DIY Chalkboard!

I know there are so many DIY chalkboard tutorials and "how to's" out there already. However, I couldn't resist sharing what I did to create my own and how EASY it was!

The reason I came up with this idea was to do a tally board for what my family members thought our little "peanut" is, BOY or GIRL. We thought it was a cute addition and fun way to find out what people thought before we did the big REVEAL. Afterwards, this chalkboard will become a play toy for our little one in years to come. :)

What you will need: 
- A picture frame- I used some old artwork I had laying around, I still need to take the picture out underneath but the frame worked great! haha I would recommend using a plastic picture frame, as the paint seemed to scrape off the glass easier. 
- Paint tray (Or something to put paint in, like a recycled plastic container even!) 
- Chalkboard paint
- Paint brush
- Painters tape


First you will want to make sure your picture frame is clean, so take that water and vinegar along with your paper towel and give it a good wipe down. Make sure it is completely dry. Next, Tape off the edges of your picture frame using your painters tape. 


Start painting your frame in a downward motion. (Vertically) Using straight lines. Be sure not to make it too thick, or it will not dry properly. Continue painting entire surface until all covered. Let dry for 2-3 hours. 

4.  Next you will want to do another coat, this time horizontally. This will ensure all the spots are covered. You will end up with something like this:

5.  Let dry for 24 hours. You will start to end up with a matte finish and your picture frame will start to actually look like a chalkboard now! Something kinda like this: (Sorry for the blurry picture) You can now remove the painters tape along the frame. 

6. After the paint is all dry, you should be able to draw on it. But first, you need to "set" your paint by applying a thin layer of chalk to your entire frame. Do this by taking a piece of chalk on its side to evenly apply. Wipe off using a wet paper towel or cloth. NOW you can draw all the pretty pictures your heart desires! :)


  1. hey, thank you for the sweet comment and for the follow ,I just followed you back, keep on posting ;)

  2. Very cool technique!

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  3. That's a GREAT DIY! so useful! I just came across your blog and I love it. Feel free to check out mine. We can also follow each other if you would like to :)

  4. So helpful! Thanks for sharing!