April 28, 2010

Easy Chalkboard DIY Message Board

1 room schoolhouse 

Maybe it is because of all the fantastic teachers I have had through the years, or maybe it is because I was kind of a nerd, but I always loved school. I loved being in a classroom, sitting in neat rows, watching my teacher write on the chalkboard in perfectly slanted cursive letters. I loved being chosen to come up and write a sentence on the board. In the mid-1800s, these humble pieces of slate made it possible for one-room schoolhouses across the country to more efficiently cater to a greater number of students because everyone could see what the teacher wrote on the board. 

chalkboard paint and mirror

Not too long ago, chalkboards were slowly phased out of our classrooms, replaced by the ubiquitous whiteboards that are used today. In high school we had grayboards that could supposedly be written on with any type of implement but they were just awful. How I missed the chalkboards of my youth. I'm sure you could guess my excitement when chalkboard paint hit the market. Oddly enough, I've seen tons of chalkboard paint projects and never actually tried any of it myself. Until now! The best part is you don't have to be a DIY or crafting expert to use it. 

Thanks to a great school friend and her wonderful blog, I was inspired to do a little project of my own with chalkboard paint and I'm pretty happy with the results.
 chalkboard mirror

I inherited this mirror several years ago and it was actually in the “donate” pile when I started thinking maybe I could give it new life as a chalkboard. I see them in kitchens all the time and it is such a good idea…for a message board, grocery list keeper or just somewhere to doodle while the meat defrosts.

mirror collage

The hardest part was taping off the frame so it didn’t get painted. I notched strips of blue painter’s tape so they could easily form an oval shape and adhere strips of newsprint. A couple thin coats of paint later and it was done. The instructions say to rub a piece of chalk over the painted area to prime it before writing anything.

chalkboard with message
{my inaugural message}
I used the spray paint version and it worked really well. It says it will work on most surfaces and I was not sure how it would be on the glass, but it covered it just fine. I don’t want to go crazy and chalkboard paint everything, but for this little spot…it was a perfect choice!


  1. Girl..I have been putting off the chalkboard projects too...but I still haven't found it in the spray can form! I love your finished product! Maybe I will get to some this summer...you know after I get done writing on these white boards for a living! HAHA!!! Hope you are having a fab Wednesday!!!

  2. Awesome!!! That looks really really good!! I have always wanted to do a chalkboard project!!

  3. Give me a can of chalkboard and will cover EVERYTHING with the stuff! The top of a white painted dresser, a canvas, a plate, a cup, a wall...I can't go near that paint! But it looks oh so fun!

  4. I love this idea. I am a teacher and you gave me the idea to paint flower pots for our plants that we are giving our moms for Mother's Day. Then my 4th graders can personalize them. I have one on my desk that a sweet sixth grader gave to me that is painted with a western landscape. I adore that gift and my child.Thanks for all the great tips!!!!

  5. LOVE it! Great job. Hmmmm, I think I will file this under ideas for the upcoming move (new house!).

  6. So cute ~ Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea! I have a dry erase calendar in my kitchen, but there's just something about a chalkboard, isn't there?

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