DIY Custom Chalkboard

If you’re like me, you love a good chalkboard. So versatile – whether they’re being used for the kiddos to draw on or as a message board in your kitchen, I think we can all agree it’s good to have a chalkboard handy.

The last time we visited my parents in the mountains, I noticed a chalkboard in my mom’s kitchen that she was writing on. I asked her what it was for, and she explained to me that she hangs it on the wall, and every Sunday, she writes an inspirational thought or scripture from the morning’s sermon on it to remember for the rest of the week.

Hmmm. Good idea, mom!

So when I had a newly-expectant mother contact me last week wanting to do a photo shoot, involving what she described as “a large chalkboard”, I knew I needed to do something quickly. I have a small chalkboard, but not a large one. And with the amount of text she was requesting…large was definitely in order!

So I checked out my local crafty stores. No large chalkboard. At least, not one that was neutral. There are a lot of “special” chalkboards out there, but, if your photo shoot doesn’t call for a chalkboard in the shape of an arrow…or a bottle…or a sea bass…then you might just be out of luck.

So…I decided I could fix this my own self…with a little bit of creativity.

I purchased this at Michael’s – 40% off! This bad boy cost me about $12! And it’s an 11X14! 

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I liked the frame because it’s a neutral color, and it has some detail, but not too much! 

I removed the glass, cleaned it, grabbed my can of chalkboard spray paint and gave the glass several thin coats of paint, allowing it to dry complete between coats.

Then I went about setting up for my photo shoot!

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This really gives you an idea of the size. My client LOVED the board (I used some colored chalk markers to add her desired text) and, even with the hands of a 14-month-old all over it, the surface of the board and the written words held up perfectly!

Now, another reason why I chose this frame, is because I knew it would work well on one particular wall near the entrance to our home, and I planned on using it (when it wasn’t being used in a photo shoot) as an “inspirational” chalkboard – like the one my mom had created!

So I did just that!

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I kept it very simple on purpose, and will make sure whatever I write on there is short and sweet, just like this. But there’s something so beautiful about it’s simplicity!

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That’s our dining room in the background – around the corner is the foyer right in front of our front door. This is totally the perfect spot, isn’t it?

Do you have any chalkboards around your home? Have you ever DIYed one? 

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17 thoughts on “DIY Custom Chalkboard

  1. I love this! It turned out well! Yesterday, as I was moving stuff around for Fall decor, I spotted a boring entry way frame I have and thought it would be a good idea to chalk paint it and write some welcoming words or even a scripture on there. Greatinds think alike! And what an inspirational mom, too!

  2. I’ve made several smaller chalkboards throughout the last few years, but I’ve never made a large one – I love it! Looks great and I bet the photos turned out wonderful. I saw a Sr. photo shoot slideshow that you did and were tagged in yesterday and I watched the entire thing. You do really awesome work!

  3. This is such a great idea! We are going to have one chalk wall in our house in the kids’ playroom, but I think a message board in our mudroom is going to be well used, and a really cool piece. I never thought to paint the glass- thank you for the idea!

  4. Oh, I love this idea!!! Way to go mom. 🙂 I have got to get me some of those chalk markers–never tried them. I only have a small chalkboard myself, and have been dying for a large one. This project is definitely on my to-do list.

    Life With Lorelai

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