I’ve another simple, fun and best of all CHEAP project for you today – a Large DIY Framed Chalkboard!

A side table with three shelves of decor items and extra serving dishes, under a chalkboard with the word \'Home\' in chalk design

I’m loving all things farmhouse and fixer upper right now so I’ve been adding a few rustic farmhouse style pieces here and there. I’ve been lusting after a LARGE chalkboard for ages but they are super expensive. I knew I could easily DIY one from a picture frame and some chalkboard paint (I’ve done it on a small scale before) but it took me ages to find one that was large enough.

A side table with two stocky, wooden candlesticks, a narrow platter of green moss balls and the corner of a large chalkboard with chalk design
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Eventually I found this one at Michael’s. It’s so perfect for this project because it only cost me $10 after a coupon, it already has a rustic frame and there’s no real glass, just a plastic covering. That means the chalkboard paint adheres reallllly well.

A wooden shelf with a wooden lantern, narrow platter of green moss balls and a shelf below with blue dishes
This DIY Framed Chalkboard is simple and cheap to make and adds a wonderful farmhouse feel.

Let’s add this to my naptime projects collection since this awesome Framed Chalkboard was complete in 20 minutes!

What You’ll Need:

How to Make a Framed Chalkboard:

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Tape the frame to protect it from the paint.

Supplies for making your own Framed Chalkboard
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Squirt some chalkboard directly onto the frame and roll vertically (from the bottom to the top). You can go backwards and forwards, just keep the direction vertical. Allow to dry for one hour.

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard
DIY Framed Chalkboard Step 3
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Repeat the process from step 2- this time rolling the paint horizontally (from left to right). This should completely cover any visible patches on the frame. Remove tape immediately from the frame and allow to cure for 24 hours:

DIY Framed Chalkboard Step 4
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Condition surface by lightly rubbing the side of a piece of chalk across it. Add some nice lettering or draw a picture and enjoy!

A close up of a chalkboard with the word \'Home\' in chalk lettering with vines above and below
A side table with three shelves of decor items and extra serving dishes, under a chalkboard with the word \'Home\' in chalk design

Did you spot the Moss Balls I DIYed a few months ago? I still love the organic feel they add to my dining room!

Adding a Framed Chalkboard to your home adds a wonderful warm touch. This DIY version is cheap and simple to make.

I think this cute Framed Chalkboard will add a wonderful touch to any space in your house. Have a friend who recently moved? It wold make a thoughtful housewarming gift, too!

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Framed Chalkboard

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Just a few rolls of chalkboard paint and you'll have a lovely canvas for your personalized chalk-lettered messages.

Materials

  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Picture Frame (a cheap one without glass, just a plastic covering, works best!)

Tools

  • Foam roller
  • Painter's Tape

Instructions

    1. Tape the frame to protect it from the paint.
    2. Squeeze chalkboard paint directly onto the frame and roll vertically (from the bottom to the top). You can go backwards and forwards, just keep the direction vertical. Allow to dry for one hour.
    3. Repeat the process from step 2- this time rolling the paint horizontally (from left to right). This should completely cover any visible patches on the frame. Remove tape immediately from the frame and allow to cure for 24 hours.
    4. Condition surface by lightly rubbing the side of a piece of chalk across it. Add some nice lettering or draw a picture and enjoy!

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been searching for AGES for a large farmhouse style chalkboard and resigned myself to having to make one. But most of the tutorials out there require you to have a circular saw and use all sorts of fancy cuts on the wood. I can’t do that. But I can certainly do this! I guess I’m going to Micheal’s tomorrow!!!

    1. Oh I’m so glad it’s been helpful! They still have the same frames at Michael’s too..the plastic instead of glass makes a big difference!

  2. That is so easy! Guess we’ll be heading to Michael’s to check out their frames real soon! Pinned.

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