DIY Chalkboard

I’ve recently discovered the coolness of chalkboard spray paint.  Did you know this stuff existed?  Yes?  Well, I’m usually late to the game.  I’ve been thinking of adding a chalkboard in our kitchen to have a spot to post the weekly menu and to keep an ongoing grocery list.

The supplies:

A picture frame of any size – I had a 16×20 frame in the closet that I bought on sale and haven’t used yet.   I got the can of chalkboard paint at WalMart for a little under $4.  It was about twice this much at the local “crafty” stores, just FYI.

Basically all you do is spray the glass down…


You give it two coats, and then let it dry for 24 hours before you write on it.  The first time you do write on it, you have to completely cover the board in chalk (using the side of the chalk) and wipe it all off.   Then, I just stuck it back in the frame, and it was ready to go!


Some of the colored chalk didn’t write as well as the white, I noticed.  Maybe I need a third coat?  I figured it was fine, though… it worked for what I needed, and there is still plenty of paint in the can.  This would be fun to do with smaller frames to make “mini” personal-sized chalkboards for the girls, or even for gifts.  They would be budget-friendly too… you could use an inexpensive frame, buy a pack of chalk, and ta-da!  All for less than $5.

Edited to add… I later found an inexpensive drawer-pull at Hobby Lobby that I turned upside down and adhered to the bottom corner of the glass with superglue.  It now serves as a chalk-holder:

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3 Responses to DIY Chalkboard

  1. Mim September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I’ve never painted it on glass. We had a chalkboard wall in our kitchen at our old house. Now we have a chalkboard hanging inside our front door. It is actually the wooden end of the kids’ old crib!

  2. Sandi September 7, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    I LOVE this idea. I’m going to look into making one for my kitchen. And, may even make one for Ashlynn for her room (as a Christmas gift). Thank you Laura!!!

  3. Amanda September 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    They make super cute photo props as well!! So far we’ve used ours for a birthday ( it said I am 2) First day of school ( said First day of Kindergarten 2011) and Grandparents day pics ( it said We (drew a heart) You! They are so fun!! — If you are using them for kids though I would recommend getting a piece of wood the size of the glass and using that so you don’t have any accidents!

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