DIY Framed Chalkboard

This DIY Framed Chalkboard is an easy, cute DIY craft to use as home decor or give as a DIY gift. Use your DIY chalkboard to list out your weekly dinner menu, leave messages for your family, or flex your chalkboard art skills just for fun!

A DIY framed chalkboard hanging on a wall

DIY Framed Chalkboard

This homemade chalk board was originally posted to The Everyday Blogger, then transferred over to The Bewitchin Kitchen as part of a project with Country Chic Paint. For this project, I used Country Chic Paint’s paint in Simplicity. It’s a stunning white that’s soft and not at all stark. This was my first time using chalk-based paint, and I’m hooked.

You can also use chalk paint to easily and affordably makeover your staircase or remodel your bathroom.

Why You’ll Love This DIY Chalkboard

  • Affordable – You can get most of these supplies from your local hardware store and make this framed chalkboard for less than it costs to buy one.
  • Easy – No nails, no screws, no power tools. This project can be made in a casual afternoon.
  • Customizable – Paint or decorate your chalkboard sign to suit your tastes – and erase it to start again whenever you’d like!
steps of my first chalkboard art on my framed chalkboard

How to Make Your Chalkboard Sign

Gather Your Supplies

To make your chalk board, first gather your supplies. You will need:

Prepare Your Backing Board

finished diy chalkboard

Cut your backing board to size. I had the hardboard that was recommended by the ladies at Rona pre-cut (I opted for 3’x4′).

Spray your backing board with the chalkboard spray paint and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

close up of frame and pain for chalk board

Frame Your Chalk Board

My husband cut the detailed moldings to fit. I wanted there to be some depth in the piece, so that meant mitered corners with my colonial boards. You can also use flat moulding so you don’t have to cut corners. Your hardware store may also cut the moulding to size for you.

To adhere the moulding to the board, we simply used No More Nails and clamped it down for a few hours. We then filled in the corners with wood filler, let it dry, and sanded until smooth.

Prime Your Board

To prime the chalkboard, you just rub with the side of your chalk. Wipe with a dry cloth, then fully erase. You must do this before you write or create lines with chalk, otherwise, your chalk will leave a shadow when you write.

steps for finishing the frame on a chalkboard sign

Paint the Frame

Chalk paint is foolproof. It covers up flaws so easily. The white Simplicity color looks stunning against my charcoal walls, and can easily be customized to your tastes with brighter colors, multiple colors, or even painting designs.

To finish my DIY chalkboard, I used Country Chalk Paint’s natural wax. I thought about distressing or using a gold wax but I wanted to keep this frame bold against my dark grey walls. Again, this is where your individual tastes can really shine. I used a clean rag and buffed it in. The end result is beautiful. I found that after I used the wax, the detail in the mouldings had dimension.

Add Your Chalkboard Art

finished framed DIY chalk board

I used a stool to make the circle of my first chalkboard art piece before filling it in with a cute saying.

It’s not perfect, but most chalkboard artwork isn’t β€” that’s the beauty of it!

I’m thrilled with how my chalkboard sign turned out. A little bit of “Simplicity” is just what the space needed.

DIY Chalkboard Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to prime my chalk board?

Chalkboards are porous, so without priming it, you run the risk of your first design becoming a permanent shadow beneath future designs.

What is hardboard?

We recommend hardboard for this product because of its smooth finish and lack of natural wood defects. It’s also known as high-density fiberboard, or HDF, made from small wood fibers and wood pulp that is pressed until it is densely impacted, then baked for added stability.

large step by step of chalkboard art with a cute saying

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20 comments on “DIY Framed Chalkboard”

  1. Love this idea as it’s easy to do! How could see my kids wanted to write on it and change the message on a daily basis. thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Lyne! I love the idea of chalkboards. You can use it for art, lists or fun for the kids.

  2. Looks fabulous! Love the colour against your darker walls. I keep hearing about chalk paint – I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. What do you mean, “not artistic”?!?! I love your chalkboard art! I think you did a spectacular job! I love chalkboard paint, and this project is a fabulous one!

  4. What a great project!! I love how classy it looks!!! You did a great job!

  5. Such a beautiful and fun idea. I would love one of these in my kitchen!

  6. It looks great! I really love this idea. πŸ™‚

  7. I absolutely love it! I think you did an amazing job. I love chalk art work. I also love at Michaels they now sell chalk pens making writing much easier. The frame is so wonderful and you did a great job priming and painting it. WTG πŸ™‚ I pinned.

  8. I love the chalkboard and the writing is beautiful, too. Thanks for inspiring. Linda

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  10. I LOVE the finished product! The simplicity and the “imperfection” of the chalk art is what makes it so perfect. I also love the finish of the frame itself. Flawless.

  11. I love this idea! It would come in very handy!! Very eco friendly too!!

  12. you did a great job, it looks awesome! I need to find more time to get crafty this fall!

    • Thanks Jennifer, it’s an old project (from the spring) but I just transferred over my old blog πŸ˜‰ I need to figure out a few more projects to do as well.

  13. What a cute idea! Would be perfect for writing out the meal plan for the week too.

    • I did that at first, but my “art work” did not look good haha. I found inspiration from Pinterest and tried to re create it with this one πŸ™‚

  14. I love these DIY posts of yours. They are truly lovely! This looks easy and it turned out beautifully. Maybe I can find a spot for this in the house.

    • Thank you Paula πŸ™‚ This project was a lot larger then what I thought it would be but I love how it takes up a lot of wall space. There is still something missing though.

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