I heart chalkboards

Chalkboards are a great way to add that touch of coziness in any room of your home.  It’s a fun way to write sweet notes, honey-do’s, your favorite scripture, the dinner menu, and the list goes on.  They are also very inexpensive to make which makes them even better.  I buy the chalkboard spray paint at Home Depot and it’s only about $6 a can.

I buy all of my pictures at thrift stores and haven’t spent more than $3 on any of them.  The key is to just find an old, ugly picture that has a decent frame around it, and then you can always spray paint the frame any color you want.

This was the first chalkboard I made and I just painted an old plastic charger I’ve had for a few years and put in the kitchen…

The back surface was flat so I just used those Command double sided thingamamobs and stuck to the wall.  Then I hot glued some ribbon to the back and made it appear like it’s hanging from ribbon, but it’s actually not. :)  This is the chalkboard in our home that the kids are allowed to write on. :)  And yes, we are sad that Lost ended. :(

I made this chalkboard for our breakfast area

I love this one because I didn’t have to paint the frame or anything.  It was already white, and slightly distressed so that worked for me!  All I did for this one was tape up the frame and spray the chalkboard paint directly on the glass of the picture.  I sprayed 4 coats to make sure it wouldn’t scratch off over time, and it’s still holding up great!  Oh, and see how the word “water” crept up after the scripture?  My stepson is pretty slick. ;)

Next I hot glued some ribbon to this one as well (never can have too many ribbons and bows), and used a knob I got at Hobby Lobby to again, appear like it’s hanging from it.  I just screwed it into the wall by hand and luckily it was just sheet rock and no stud. :)  I got the knob idea from Thrifty Decor Chick when she redid the Bub’s room.  You can check it out here.  She is so creative and what an amazing transformation on her boy’s room!

Here’s another close-up of the knob…

And another…

See that pretty fabric hanging down on the right?  That’s a sneak peek of some new window treatments that I made for our breakfast area!  Will post about that soon. :)

And lastly, chalkboards make great birthday gifts…

That’s my lovely sister modeling her new chalkboard.  I painted the frame an aqua blue color and distressed it a little with sandpaper.  My distressing job didn’t go as planned, so that’s why I wrote that message on the bottom of it.  But she liked it so that’s all that matters. :)

And I made one for my brother.  Yep, my brother.  Has he used it?  Ummm, probably not, but that’s what you get when you’re on a budget!  I think that framed picture was only $1!  And pay attention to the paper it was wrapped with.  Yes, I am known to wrap gifts with Christmas paper all year long.  But at least I wrap it inside out.  Thrifty huh?!

So go and get a cheap, ugly picture and make a chalkboard!



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  1. Love the chalkboards!!!

  2. The blog looks great, Em. Still loving my chalkboard. Will be using it a lot come fall when we start homeschool preschool!

  3. I’m putting on my list of things to pick-up tomorrow chalkboard paint! These are darling! I love the idea of the faux ribbon hanging. Pilfering that idea for SURE! Thanks bunches!

  4. Very cute, I’m really itching to buy some chalkboard paint and have a go!

  5. Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your hubby did such a great job on yours. I love the chalkboard and I see you are a LOST fan too. Well, it’s over now and I’m not sure I liked how it ended.

    I look forward to seeing all your new posts!

  6. Love chalkboards, especially in a kitchen or message center area. So much better than leaving little pieces of paper on the counter with message on them to family members.

  7. I love chalkboards too. I have one in my Kitchen and one in my Addition. :) Thanks for the visit today and the Follow. :)

  8. i heart chalkboards too! this is actually what i wanted to do in my kitchen but ended up doing a cork board instead. i’ll have to find another place to do this :) thanks for sharing!!

  9. I love chalkboards too. Those look great!

  10. Chalkboard paint is my favorite! I painted a bigger pic for my kids playroom! They love it. Great job! And I’ve never thought to make it a gift! Wonderful suggestion.

  11. LOVE your blog! I’m your newest follower!

    I’m sad about the end of LOST too…best. show. ever. I posted about the finale over at my blog if you want to check it out sometime…http://thesimpler-life.blogspot.com

  12. I so need to make one of those! Love the one made out of a charger!

  13. Cool chalkboards!

  14. LOVE YOUR BREAKFAST AREA CHALKBOARD!!! I never thought about putting a chalkboard up where I have an old sign hanging now. Just needed a different point of view of the same kind of area. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! Cute blog.

  15. Thanks again for sharing! Hope to see you next week, too! Rory

  16. They all look great! And you are FUNNY! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  17. Love all of your chalkboards!!

  18. Wow, great idea! Thanks for sharing the chalkboard instructions. I should make one for my son for his room! It would be great for him to write reminder notes for himself. Such as: Mom said take out the garbage; Mom said to clean up my mess in the kitchen, etc.! :)
    Best regards,

  19. P.S. I LOVE that little birdcage with the tassel under your chalkboard!

  20. i LOVE all of your ideas! I made chalk boards out of old antique cabinet doors someone was throwing away. A friend of mine is using one in her wedding. i love seeing “trash” turned to treasure.

  21. Rachel Ozuna says:

    Finally…..bought the chalkboard spray paint and can’t wait to start making boards. Thanks for your ideas!!!


  22. I was just wondering if you sprayed the chalkboard paint to the picture that was inside of the frame?

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