Saturday, October 24, 2009

Decorating Ideas: DIY Kitchen Chalkboards

Years ago my husband and I purchased a house with an unusual piece of wood molding on one of the kitchen walls. We asked everyone about it, including the previous owners, but no one seemed to know what it had been used for. At first we were going to remove the molding, but instead decided it would make a perfect frame for a large kitchen chalkboard, which would go nicely with our bistro/café decor.

I bought a can of chalkboard paint and some primer from our local home improvement store. Since the frame was already there on the wall, I simply masked it off with some tape and primed the wall in between the slats. Then I painted it with a couple of coats of the chalkboard paint. After it was dry, I used colored chalk to draw my design. The top of the frame had a shallow lip on it, which provided a convenient place to arrange a decorative basket, bottles and vegetables.

Making this chalkboard was so easy; just follow the directions on the back of the paint. When you are done you can write and erase it just like a regular chalkboard. If you don’t want to paint your wall, you could easily make your own chalkboard out of any flat surface that takes paint. It’s easy to work with, so have some fun.


  1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it. It was sure a lot of fun making it. I love doing stuff like this.