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Easy DIY Large Chalkboard

Have you jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon yet?  I recently did, and I’m so excited that I’ve put together a step-by-step tutorial so that you can make your own easy DIY large chalkboard.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

I have been working on making over my kitchen recently.  (Okay, so I actually started like 8 months ago, but who’s counting.)  

We have a small eat-in area in the kitchen, which is where we eat most of our meals.  Prior to the redo, we had a large clock hanging on the wall next to the table.  At some point in the redecorating process, I got another large clock to fill the same space in the kitchen, but it just never felt right.  

Then, just a couple of weeks ago, inspiration struck.  Chalkboards are hugely popular right now, and I absolutely love seeing how everyone decorates their own chalkboards.  Plus, they just look like a lot of fun!  I’ve been wanting to make one for myself, but wasn’t sure exactly where I would put it. 

Duh – in the kitchen where the clock has been hanging.  I loved the idea the minute it struck, and lucky for me, it fit right into week 2 of the Deck the Home Blog Hop.

If you missed it last week, I am teaming up with 25 other bloggers for the whole month of November to bring you holiday inspiration in the form of DIY projects and home decor.  How fun is that?! 

Every week has it’s own theme, and week 2 is DIY wood decor.  (If you missed week 1 (door decor), click here.)

Easy DIY Large Chalkboard

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

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Supplies Needed:

  1. Large piece of MDF
  2. Two 1 x 3s
  3. 10 in. Miter Saw
  4. Chalkboard paint
  5. Paint Brush
  6. Coarse Sandpaper
  7. Wood Stain
  8. Foam Brush
  9. Corner clamp
  10. Hammer
  11. Nails
  12. 1.25″ screws
  13. Drill
  14. D-Ring Picture Hangers
  15. Chalk

Step 1 – Buy supplies

All of the supplies needed can be found at the hardware store.  You can actually have the store cut your piece of MDF to whatever dimensions you want, which makes that part super easy.  I had them cut mine to 30″ x 40″, which I felt would fit well in my space.

For my particular chalkboard, I needed two 8-foot long 1″ x 3″ boards.  If you decide to make yours a different size, just be sure you have enough wood for the frame.

Step 2 – Paint the MDF

The large piece of MDF is going to be your actual chalkboard.  I gave my chalkboard two coats of chalkboard paint.  

I used Valspar Black Chalkboard Paint, and my trusty Purdy paint brush.  I brushed horizontally and made sure to make nice long brush strokes across the entire board.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Chalkboard paint suggests waiting 24 hours in between coats.  So, make sure you plan ahead.

Step 3 – Cut, Sand, and Stain Frame Pieces

I wanted my frame to extend out about 1.5″ from the edge of the chalkboard all the way around.  So, using the 1 x 3s, I cut two pieces at 33″ long, and two pieces at 43″ long.  I marked my wood where it needed to be cut.  Then, I cut it (actually my husband did) with a miter saw.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Then, we adjusted the miter saw to give us a 45 degree angle, and cut the corners off so the pieces would fit together like a frame.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Then, I sanded the edges to round them out just a bit with coarse sandpaper.  This does not need to be perfect – I just didn’t want the harsh corners on my frame.

I then gave the frame pieces a quick coat of stain in my favorite Minwax color – Provincial.  It’s got a slightly gray tone it, which I love.  I used a foam brush for the stain.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Step 4 – Put Frame Together

This part will require two people, so make sure you have someone to help.  

I’m sure there is a much better way to do this, but we have limited tools.  So, we just had to make do with what we had.

First, we used a corner clamp to clamp one length piece and one width piece together.  

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Then, my husband helped hold the pieces steady while I put two nails into one end of the corner.  You’ll want your helper to make sure that the two pieces stay flush at the seam while you nail.

Then, repeat this process for all four corners. 

*You will want to be careful during this process, as the frame will be a bit flimsy.*

Step 5 – Prime the Chalkboard 

Before you put the two pieces together, you will want to prime your chalkboard.  I have read that chalkboards are porous, and if you don’t prime them first, you run the risk of having your first drawing become permanent.  Truthfully, I’m not sure how necessary this actually is, but it was super easy to do.

Just take a piece of chalk, lay it horizontally on your chalkboard, and rub it all over the entire surface.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Then, simply wipe the chalk off with a dry rag.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Now, you won’t have to worry about any chalk renderings becoming permanent.

Step 6 – Attach the Chalkboard to the Frame

You’re almost done.  Yay!

Now, lay the frame down on the ground facedown.  (We laid ours on top of a paint tarp to prevent any scratching or scuffing.)  

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Then, lay the chalkboard face down on top of the frame.  Make sure it is centered up on the frame.  Once the frame is centered draw a line 3/4″ from the edge of the chalkboard all the way around.  This is where you will want to put your screws.  Then, using 1.25″ screws, screw the chalkboard onto the frame.  

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc. Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

We put 4 screws down the length of the chalkboard and 3 screws along the width.  It will be best to drill pilot holes before actually attaching the two pieces together.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Step 7 – Add the Hangers

The final step is to add hangers.  Because this piece is somewhat heavy, we went with 2 D-ring picture hangers.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc. Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

All that’s left now is to hang it up and decorate!

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

I’m absolutely loving this chalkboard, and I think it will be so fun to decorate throughout the seasons.  I am definitely going to have to build another one soon for my kids (and husband 😀 ) though.

Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc. Check out this tutorial for an easy DIY large chalkboard. Great for the kitchen, living room, kid's playroom, bedroom, etc.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other wooden projects from my friends below!

 

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43 Comments

    1. Thank you so much! My husband said something similar, but I know he’s biased. 😉 I do love being able to make stuff like this myself, instead of having to spend money at the store.

  1. Your tutorial was so good! I want another chalkboard for a different part of our home and now I can easily make on! Great job!

    1. Yes! Go for it! The only tricky part was getting the frame nailed together. Everything else was so easy! Thanks so much!

  2. Your frame turned out great! I need to get some of those corner clamps as I’m mostly working when no one’s home to help. What a great idea for a chalkboard too, it would have cost a fortune to buy one that large.

    1. Thank you! The corner clamps are definitely a useful thing to have, but you’ll still need some help holding things in place while nailing. And my husband wondered the same thing about how much it would cost in the store. 🙂 Truthfully, I have no idea!

  3. Wow! You did an amazing job creating this chalk board for your Christmas decorating.
    Thanks for all the details on how to make my own. I REALLY appreciate it.
    Happy Holidays.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m loving it so much that I’m planning on building another one soon for my kids. 😀

    1. Thank you so much! And that’s so weird. It seems to be fine on my end. Let me know if you continue to have trouble!

  4. It turned out great Amy. Love your daughter’s art work too. That’s probably the best thing about chalkboards for me, they’re so perfect for letting the little ones express their creativity and hanging a big one right there at the table is such a perfect spot for it.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! The chalkboard has definitely been a hit. I’m actually making an even bigger one next week to hang upstairs for the kids. 🙂 My daughter LOVES anything related to art. So, I know she’ll put it to good use.

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