DIY Kitchen Chalkboard

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

Chalkboards are so popular right now, as is “chalkboard art” with fancy writing and decorative elements.  I decided what better thing to make a chalkboard out of for the kitchen than  a clipboard?  It can be hung on the wall, is compact in size, can be decorative, and the clip works to hold coupons you might have.

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

To create this product, I started with a clipboard from my local office supply store.  It was very basic so I stained the back and edges to age it a bit.    This could also be made with a clipboard you pick up at a thrift store.

The edges of the clipboard were rubbed with clear candle wax.  This helps the paint to sand off easily when you distress the piece.

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!
Then, I painted the clipboard with four coats of chalkboard paint….three was probably enough, but I wanted to make sure it had a good finish.

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!
Using a White Paint Pen from Sharpie, add the chalk art writing and details.  The Sharpie comes in multiple sizes from Extra Fine to wide tips and is filled with oil based paint, so the finish is durable.I sketched out the words “Remember to Buy” myself, buy you could lay it out on the computer if you are not comfortable writing it.  Since I was trying to recreate the look of chalk, I didn’t try to totally coat the words….I left it looking a little more rustic…a little more like it would look like writing with real chalk.  (I picture looks like the letters are solid white, but believe me when I say they aren’t!)

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

When the piece is finished, sand the edges to remove some of the paint….This gives the chalkboard the feeling that it has been used for awhile. (The wax rubbing and sanding steps can be skipped if you don’t want a distressed look).

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

After you paint the clipboard, it needs to be “seasoned” before you can write on it.    Otherwise, whatever you put on the board will be etched in and will leave marks on your surface.

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

To season your board, all you need to do is rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire piece.

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!
Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

Then wipe the chalk off with a paper towel.  Use a dry paper towel to achieve a more rustic look.  A damp paper towel will clean more of the residue off.  Even after wiping off the board there will still be a little chalk residue left….your board will never look as pristine as when you first painted it!

Easy to make DIY chalkboard. Where would you hang it?!

This idea could be done with any wording and used elsewhere in the house…your office, laundry room…….? Where would you hang it?

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