Make Your Own Chalkboard: Super Easy & Fun Tutorial

Posted on Apr 12 2013 - 12:01am by Guest Post

Hi everyone! My name is Tara and I write over at A Spectacled Owl, where I write about products I enjoy, post giveaways for really cool products and attempt to try my hand at some crafts and DIY projects. I’m really excited that Susan has asked me to guest post here today because not only do I enjoy Budget Earth, I also consider her a good friend! I love reading blogs that have all sorts of fun crafts & DIY projects, plus I am a Pinterest addict. I also love taking things that are ugly and boring and giving them a new life! I’ve been wanting to make my kids a chalkboard for awhile and now that I have, I can’t wait to share it with you all!


DIY Chalkboard




  • Old, ugly painting with a really cool looking frame
  • Primer Spray Paint Chalkboard paint
  • Spray paint for the frame (I used Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze)
  • Staple Gun (I’m sure you could use glue but with mine, a staple gun was necessary)

Beautiful frame, but really ugly painting & seriously dated colors


The first thing I did was take out all the old staples that were securing the painting to the frame, plus unscrewed the wire hanger from the back. A lot of the staples were pretty brittle so they kept breaking but using needle nosed pliers really helped (and a whole lotta muscle!).


Once I got the painting loose, I placed it on my painting tarp and covered it with 3 layers of primer spray paint (waiting about 10 minutes in between coats.) While waiting in between coats for the chalkboard paint to dry, I started spray painting the frame. I knew it would need a few coats and I was very careful to cover all of the details but also to not go heavy on spraying the paint. I’ve been known to be heavy handed with spray paint in the past & the drips that occur from that aren’t fun!


After 3 coats of Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze, I got the look I was going for. I let it dry overnight, then called out my husband to help me. I have a “thing” with staple guns (OK, yes! I’m afraid of them!) and knew I would have to use one so I had him load it and attach the chalkboard painting back to the frame.


Then, I attached the wire hanger that came with the frame. On the chalkboard paint spray can, it said I needed to rub chalk all over the surface of the now dry paint, wipe it off with a cloth or chalk eraser and then we were ready to use it!


I am super happy with how this project turned out & it really was easy. I bought the painting at a thrift store but you could do this with a painting and frame that you have in your home that maybe you don’t like anymore or doesn’t fit your decor. Or, if you have just the frame, you could head to your nearest home improvement store, have them cut a piece of plywood to fit inside your frame, prime it and then use chalkboard paint on there. I plan on making another one once I find another really neat frame.

Want to make a cute chalkboard for your office or child's room? Learn how to make your own chalkboard in this fun tutorial from my friend Tara at A Spectacled Owl!

If you make your own chalkboard, I’d love to see it! Even if you don’t make one, I’d love for you to drop by my site! You can find me over at A Spectacled Owl, plus you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. Special thanks to Susan for letting me share my new chalkboard with you all!


118 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jayne Townsley April 12, 2013 at 7:45 am - Reply

    That looks so simple and would make a very nice gift.

    • pcsoresult June 4, 2014 at 1:42 am - Reply

      I agree Jayne. This is a great idea. I will be making one to give to my friend.

  2. Cortney M Walls April 12, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    What a great way to transform an ugly painting! Love it

  3. Wanda Tracey April 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Maybe I don't get out enough but I didn't even know you could buy chalkboard paint.LOLNow that I know about this product I am enthusiastic about your idea and actually want to try this so cute and rewarding project too.Thanks.

  4. Jenna D April 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I need to try this it. Love this tutorial.

  5. Maria Iemma April 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    This is adorable – I have some old frames that would be perfect. I can make one for each kid's room for reminders/play and make one for myself!  Thanks for the brilliant idea.

  6. Glossy Lala April 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great idea!! Looks simple now that you explained it:)

  7. annie page April 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Making a chalk board for a kids room is a cool and easy idea that way when they want to read on there wall they can use the chalk board fantastic idea thanks

  8. ANN*H April 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    this is nice for kids rooms or a post it board in the kitchen too . great idea

  9. Krystal V. April 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    cute tutorial!!

  10. Elle Briarson April 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Very cute project to do with the kids!

  11. Angie April 13, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I think I could actually do this! Thanks for the info

  12. Miranda W April 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I love it! Chalkboard paint is my new faveriot. I'm using it on everything. Makes for a great changable lable for jars.

  13. Tom Shewbridge April 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This is an awesome project, I love this post, thanks for sharing! 

  14. Stacey Cockrell April 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I love this project! I need to do this very soon. I'm not very creative but I think I can do this. 

  15. Loreina April 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to start up "Project Saturdays," but I haven't known what I've wanted to make! This looks like something fun I can experiment with!

    • Susan Bewley April 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Check out Tara’s blog! She has so many neat projects 🙂

  16. Chelsea April 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Love it! I have to try this!

  17. laurie damrose April 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I would love to create one with the kids.

  18. krystel April 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    how cool is that

  19. San April 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Gonna bookmark this page and try this. Thanks!

  20. jheylo April 14, 2013 at 12:29 am - Reply

    wow so creative and very unique. I'm sure love was put into it 🙂 great work

  21. Nikki O April 14, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    This is cool! And you can choose your own pretty frame too! Great for children's rooms too. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Trisha G. April 14, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Oh wow, I love this! Looks easy enough for even someone like me to do! The Blue Ocean Breeze is a wonderful color too. 

  23. Carmen Van Deursen April 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I love it!  I'm definitely making one for my son in a plastic type frame for him to take to doctors appt, etc.  

  24. Amy Orvin April 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    This project looks really fun. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Stephanie Larison April 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    This is a very cute idea! I'm not all that handy or crafty, but I bet I could get hubby to do something like this for me! 😛

  26. veronica lee April 15, 2013 at 1:03 am - Reply

    I love, love, love the idea – so pretty yet functional. And that was a terrific tutorial too! 

  27. Christy April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    This is a great idea, I'd hang it near the front door so I can get reminders on the way out 🙂

  28. Tonya B April 16, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Neat idea! My mom had this picture that she was getting rid of that I thought was hideous… sorry mom… but I loved the frame so I took it home. It's been sitting there waiting for a new purpose for three years. I think it found one!

  29. dicran April 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Decorations have always been a challenge for our taste and imagination. People tend to personalize the space they live in, because it makes them feel good and most of all it makes them feel like they belong somewhere, An interesting idea is to use blackboards around kids. They will always find it interesting, because they can write on them, draw and play with it. The fact that is very easy to clean will give children the possibility to be creative and every day to try new things. Whatever the age kids, even teenagers can find this both useful and fun. and its easy to do 🙂

  30. Cassandra Grant April 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for the great post! I am looking foward to making a chalkboard for my kitchen!

  31. gigi n jimmy borden April 17, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

    i love this, kids would love it! thanks so much for the idea!

  32. Sherryl Wilson April 17, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    My kids love their own chalkboards. Making them was the best part.

  33. Taylor Shannon April 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a neat, fun, activity! This also seems pretty easy. 

  34. Sarah L April 18, 2013 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Now I want one for my kitchen. Good tutorial with clear steps. Thanks.

  35. Widyaning A April 18, 2013 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the tips … 

  36. Jaclyn Reynolds April 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    This is too cool, would love to do this for our kitchen!

  37. Marisa Johnson April 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Yours came out so very cute.  I've been wanting to experiment with chalkboard paint for a while, but just haven't done it.  This would be the perfect beginners craft with it!!!!

  38. Zachary Stuart April 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Good idea for a gift!

  39. Mary W. April 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Love that.  It would be a great project for my grandkids.

  40. andrea n julianna mackafee April 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    this is a def project i will be doing soon!

  41. Lametria Brooks (Mimi) April 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I wanted to buy the chalkboard paint to put on on cups. We're going to make planters out of them.

  42. Casance Kendrick April 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I have been looking every where for a chalk board to use as a prop and to see this, I am excited because this seemed really easy to make and I am gonna make me a few. I am so glad I ran across your blog.

  43. Darlene Jones-Nelson April 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to make this for the little girls I watch they would love this.

  44. Nicole Becker April 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Awesome idea and so easy to do!! My 2 year old granddaughter would LOVE this for her play room. I would also like to put this in my kitchen for my Things To Do List!! Thanks alot!!

  45. Jaime Gutshall April 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I love the old picture frame also. I will be hunting one down at the thrift store:)

  46. Jessica G April 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    This is a great project, I am going to try it out next weekend.

  47. Tiffany Falick April 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    this looks so easy! something to do for the kids!

  48. Cindy Brickley April 22, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this with us. It looks so easy and I need one for my kitchen and my office. I hope mine will look as good as yours.

  49. Jeannie Eplion-Holley April 22, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I really need to make one of these for the kitchen and this tutorial makes it look so easy 🙂 Thank you.

  50. gisela April 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    This si such a good idea!!!

  51. krystal rivera April 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    well isnt that just the niftiest thing EVER so doing thanks thanks thanks!

  52. Sylvia Zajis April 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    This is definitely something I can do myself.  I often wondered about how well those cans of chalkboard stuff worked but it seems to have done just fine for you.  I know what I will be hunting for on my next garage sale outing…an ugly old picture with a good frame.

  53. md kennedy April 23, 2013 at 7:03 am - Reply

    It would be really cool to use this paint on one whole wall of a kid's room – what a blast!

  54. Dallie Davis April 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I love using the old picture for this chalkboard. Great! so cute. I am going to make one now! Thanks for this grerat tutorial. 🙂

  55. Marigrace April 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea.

  56. Heather @ From Here to There April 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this DIY!  You can do so many things with it and be so uniquely creative! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  57. jo n April 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I like using chalkboard paint.  I spray jar lids and can lavel them.  This is for those that the item changes inside quite regularly.

  58. jennifer Hall April 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Super cute and easy!

  59. Kelly R. April 29, 2013 at 7:45 am - Reply

    This actually looks really simple and I need one for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing. 

  60. Dorothy Teel April 29, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    This was very informative and you included all the steps that a novice crafter could follow to make a cute chalk board, now I have to find a pretty frame and see if I can make these for my granddaughtes, they love chalk and love drawing on my driveway,k so perhaps they would also enjoy their own chalk board.  I could also give to my daughtes in law so they can leave notes for family.  Now I have alot of new ideas.. thank you

    • Susan Bewley April 29, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

      I know Tara gets most of her supplies at thrify stories – you can something fun and neat without paying a lot of money 🙂

  61. Rita Wray April 29, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

    What a great idea, thank you.

  62. Ellie April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Looks great! I'm putting this on my "to-do" list for new house! 

  63. Charlene April 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Not only is this a great idea, it looks like it's a lot of fun to make. You can always go to the local Thrift Store or Salvation Army Store to find a picture or just a frame. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Nichole Miller Shamblin April 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I can't wait to have a spot to put one for my kids. The little ones love drawing on my walls…..I really need a spot that it would be ok for them to draw. 

  65. Tara April 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful replies!  I had a lot of fun doing this project and I can assure you that if *I* can do something like this, so can you 🙂  Thank you susan for letting me guest post 🙂

  66. Ruth Hill April 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I have considered making one of these, so thanks for the tutorial.  Maybe a summer project for my daughter.

  67. candess phillips April 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Nicely made, your finished product is really cute.  I'm always concerned about all the chalk dust in the  bedroom though.  It really works it way down carpet.  This would be cute made from a window frame and plywood. Then you would be able to add a shelf to catch all the chalk dust.  I'm surprised the paint only needed ten minutes between coates..

  68. jane April 30, 2013 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Great idea for a homeschool project!

  69. Mary Dailey April 30, 2013 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I love this idea for helping teach kids to be responsible, starting with teaching them to jot down when they need new school supplies.  How many times have we run out that night to get something they forgot to tell us they needed!

  70. Heather B April 30, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    LOVE this the color is beautiful! Yard sales here I come! Lol

  71. Jenn April 30, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    This is really cute! I love spray-on chalkboard material – so many creative potential uses for it!

  72. pam April 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    i love this, my sister is always looking for new crafts

  73. gigi n jimmy borden April 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    absolutely awesome, thanks for this, i will be making one of these soon for my daughter's first birthday photo shoot! You are great, thanks for the tutorial!

  74. Susan April 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  75. Sarah B April 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Nice upcycling idea.  Especially with the upcoming garage sale season!

  76. Noel May 1, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Awesome tutorial! I'll be sure to try it on some of the unwanted frames I have lying around. This would suit them much better than their current forms.

  77. Sandy McFadden May 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I am going to make a few of these to stick in gift baskets and use as the tag at the same time thank you!

  78. Kellie May 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    This is so cool and so cute too!!

  79. Christa Sloan May 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I really think that I would hate to ruin an antique… 🙁

    • Susan Bewley May 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      Well, some of the things that are sold at thrift stores aren’t really antiques – more just trash or things that looks like antiques. There are a lot of fakes out there.

  80. Judy Lipcsak May 3, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips.  I tried to paint the chalkboards at church and they came out horribly.  I will try some of your ideas to repaint the boards.

  81. Robin Wilson May 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I am already on the hunt for pics to do this with!  I see gifts galore in the near future.  I love to do crafts in the summer while I can be outside w/out freezing my buns off!  I just love this idea.  I am thinking to do it for kids too!  Thanks so much!

  82. Angel May 4, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply

    I seriously need to try this out. We have around 3 outdated paintings here that I can't get rid of. Now, I know what to do with them. 

  83. michelle oakley warner May 8, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    awesome idea, my kids will so love this thank you so much

  84. Lorayne Gothard May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    What a great idea!! I never thought of this before but now I could use this for my kitchen. Thanks so much for being creative

  85. Becky Schollian May 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Luv'in this!! I'm always looking for DIY project to do with my 5 yr old G'son. We could really have a lot of fun with this. He has a space in his room that would surly welcome this awesome chalkboard. Thanks guys!!

  86. barbara macaskill May 19, 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    My grandsons would love to have one of these at daddy's house! Going to have to make them one. I think I can handle this with my one good hand! LOL TFS!

  87. wb May 19, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    what a great way to recycle! and it turned out really nice, ill be checking stores for the chalk board spray paint. Thanks for sharing

  88. Mary Withrow May 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I have seen this done and would love to try it.  I have seen childrens tabletops too and I am debating this right now with a new table I bought for the children! I was wondering since you have finished would you have used more coats of chalkboard paint and how many cans? One?

  89. desiree May 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    this  would be  great gft for  grand ma  for  her to use for the phone  calls

  90. mell May 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    This is a great project to work on with my daughter over the weekend. 

  91. Rachel N June 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Cute!  I would love to try this with colored chalkboard paint, I have seen that you can get that too.

  92. sheila ressel June 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    What a great project!  I'm making 2, one for my kitchen and one for my office.

  93. chelesa sims June 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    great idea.I never thought of using a picture frame

  94. Kelly Paradise June 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I have been looking for some great craft ideas to make for my kids and this looks super interesting to make and easy 🙂

  95. Stephanie Phelps June 18, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Wow I have a ton of old ugly painting that I was wanting to do something with this is such a great idea and I could use them for all the kids rooms and my office thank you so much fir the idea and the instructions on how to do it !

  96. Cassandra Huber June 20, 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Such an awesome idea, especially to use as a memo board or as a small spot for your kids to get creative.

  97. Lisa F. July 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Make your own chalkboard?! I didn't even know that was possible! As an environmentalist, I like the thought of conserving paper for notes, to do lists, etc. I also like the thought of reusing an old item, too.

  98. Monica Victor Colling August 7, 2013 at 8:18 am - Reply

    my daughter would love this! Can't wait to show this to my husband and try it out!

  99. Deborah D August 10, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    This looks so easy. I will have to do this for my kids.

  100. Kristina L. August 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I am in love with chalkboard paint! I went a little crazy a few months back when I discovered it on pin, So i have it in frames, jars, buckets, walls lol…

  101. Lu Worley August 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    How Cool! I wilmake that a project for our next family get together

  102. Nichole Miller Shamblin August 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I bought an old plexi glass door at a garage sale for $2, my plan is to turn it into a chalkboard for the kids! 

  103. Miki Baxter September 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial! I tried chalkboard paint once but it didn't turn out so well. This is an inexpensive yet practical idea!

  104. Sherry Compton September 14, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Really simple, useful, and cute.  This is a great way to make chalkboards for your home and kids.  You can easily customize the frames to each taste.  Chalkboard paint is really wonderful.

  105. lisa September 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    It sure beats post it notes all over. And, it's better than nagging.

  106. Michelle S September 27, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I have heard of using chalkboard paint but hadn't thought about a project like this. This would be an awesome addition to my kitchen.

  107. lisa October 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    That's a good way for busy families to communicate whith chores, phone mess. etc.

  108. Jen Rodrigues November 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    This would be a cool project and seems simple!! 

  109. Shannon April 23, 2014 at 10:20 am - Reply

    This is super fun, thank you for sharing.

  110. Meredith March 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    The end result looks so great! I think I might need to try this.

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