START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Weekend DIY Project: Kitchen Chalkboard for Less Than $25

Weekend DIY Project: Kitchen Chalkboard for Less Than $25

I love the look of a framed chalkboard, but those suckers are expensive! Heres how to make your own for under $25!

This is actually a refresh of a project that I did many years ago. The before picture is long gone, but trust me when I tell you that underneath that pretty chalkboard is some seriously terrible hotel art. The type that you would paint over without a second thought.

More chalkboard paint ideas: DIY Chalkboard Pot, Our Chalkboard Laundry Room Doors, Chalkboard Paint Storage

If you keep an eye out, I bet that you can find some terrible art by the side of the road too! You can also check yard sales and thrift stores to score something with good bones. The trick is to look at the shape and texture of the frame, not the art or any of the colors.

How to Make a Framed Chalkboard

Materials (TOTAL: $17-$23)

  • horrible hotel art in a cool frame – Mine was free by the side of the road. FREE
  • chalkboard paint – Even my big piece of art used hardly any paint, so this little jar will more than do the trick. $7
  • old paint brush – You know you have one stashed somewhere! FREE
  • spray paint – Pick your favorite color! I used lime green to go with my new kitchen. $5-$10
  • painter’s tape – I had some on hand, but this stuff’s not too pricey. $5-$6


1. Use your big paint brush to paint the chalkboard paint right over the ugly art. Follow he package directions for drying times! I let mine dry overnight before moving on to the next step.

2. Tape over the chalkboard paint. All of it. Leave no paint untaped! Spray paint will not be wrangled.

Make a DIY Kitchen Chalkboard for Less Than $25

3. Spray light coats of spray paint over the frame until you have a nice, even coat. Let the paint dry for about an hour before removing your tape.

Make a DIY Kitchen Chalkboard for Less Than $25

If you want to be extra fancy and add a hanging eraser, you can check out my tutorial on how to make one! I just used a simple screw-in hook, so my eraser hangs right next to our chalkboard.

Make a Kitchen Chalkboard for Less than $25

This is the framed chalkboard after 3-4 coats. I will admit that my memory got a little hazy midway from the fumes, despite doing the painting outside.

Read more: Crafts & Design, Crafts & Hobbies, Green Home Decor, , , , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Glue and Glitter

My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced "stree-pee," like "sleepy"), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission at Glue and Glitter is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


+ add your own
6:56PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Anytime I can do anything that quirky for under $25, I'm in!

2:23PM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

I look, but I never find attractive picture frames for cheap.

3:18PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014


4:01PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014


9:58AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

so cool sharing

7:04AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014


3:41AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014


11:21AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Good idea and you don't need an electronic device to achieve it!

6:16PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014


1:13AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

thank you for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Lucky baby and so lucky that these sweet ladies helped him!

Amy L. Amy L.
on Cows Help Save Seal Pup
11 minutes ago

Good advice. Your attitude and mental health are also big factors.

9 years and 4 months ago I rescued a sick and starving puppy from an andalisian beach. I nursed he…


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.