To Buy or DIY: Framed Chalkboards

A re-useful way to incorporate one of the biggest trends into your budget, and home. 

Chalkboards are all the rage right now. Chalk it up to back-to-school mania for grown-ups, vertical containerizing – or, as we do, the perfect medium for daily reminders, “to do” lists, dinner menus and weekly schedules. A chalkboard offers something for everybody and they add a touch of comfortable graphic charm to your home.

If your budget allows, you can buy an old school chalkboard at Restoration Hardware for $349 – $749 depending on the size.

Or this one from Pottery Barn for $249.

But why not make your own? It’s so easy and inexpensive you’re gonna freak. Here’s what you need:

I picked up my frame from a garage sale for $20. Both the spray paint and ¼ inch masonite board were less than $10.00 combined from my local hardware store, and I saved some time by having a helpful gent that worked there cut my board to size. Add some picture hanging supplies to your cart if you don’t have any.

1. Spray paint your board in a well ventilated area. If your frame has a sturdy backer, you can use that instead of buying the board and save yourself even more money. If your frame has glass, you can spray paint it as well, but be sure to prime it first.

2. Wipe down your frame. Mine had a years of dirt on it since it must have lived outside for a while.

3. Insert the masonite board into the frame and use nails to tack it down on the back. If you are using glass, be careful when using nails so you don’t break it. Strong tape would be a better choice.

4. If you are using regular wire double it up by twisting it together and wrapping it around two nails on either side. If your frame already has hanging hardware just skip this step.

And now? A perfect sounding board for practicing your penmanship.