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Jan 02, 2017 02:24PM ● By Rebecca Seidenspinner

By Rebecca Seidenspinner

The holidays are finally over. Sigh. All the Christmas decorations are tucked away on the top shelf of the garage, and I just can’t help but feel like my home is missing something. I have a fabulous idea. I’m going to make a DIY chalkboard sign. I’m so excited!


Chalkboard paint can turn almost any surface into a chalkboard. You can use it to paint a wall or even furniture. It comes in regular paint form and even a spray paint can version. Chalkboards have become very popular and are now used as menus in restaurants, decorative signs at weddings, and so much more. A chalkboard sign displayed in the home can hold an inspirational message for your family, a grocery list (take a picture of the sign with your phone and never lose your grocery list again), or weekly dinner menu. It can help you get organized too! You can use regular chalk or a chalk marker and it wipes away easily. Tip: If you dip chalk in water and then apply it to the chalkboard, it will go on lightly but dry much darker. You can sharpen chalk with a pencil sharpener too.


Here are the supplies you need to get started: An old picture frame with the glass, a piece of wood or even an old wooden window frame, chalkboard paint (not chalk paint; this is different than chalkboard paint), and a paintbrush. Paint the inside of the window or the glass portion of the picture frame. Be sure to use masking tape to tape off the outer part of the frame so paint doesn’t get on it. I like to apply two coats to ensure coverage. Let the paint dry, and you are ready to go!


If you really want to get fancy, type in chalk fonts in the search bar on your computer. You will find tons of tips and tricks to inspire you to update your new chalkboard sign often!