Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Updated Chalkboard Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I have still gotten multiple questions & comments regarding how I made the chalkboard so I wanted to post an updated, simple tutorial as to how I made it.
Went to local Goodwill looking for an old picture.You'll want something that has a solid wood frame AND a wood backing (some are cardboard). Make sure that you can easily remove the backing/picture from the frame itself & make sure that the entire thing seems sturdy.

You can see in the before picture, I found this picture of the ocean. The painting was held together by bendable staples, so we opened them all up and took apart the three pieces - the frame, which we painted white, the wood backing, which we painted with chalkboard paint & the painting paper itself, which got tossed in the trash. 

I used spray chalkboard paint when I initially did this - but have since repainted it with this much better Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint from a can. It goes on thicker & is much more durable. Then we just put the chalkboard backing back into the frame, tightened up all of the staples and BOOM... you have yourself a chalkboard :)

55 comments:

  1. Love this chalkboard! I wish I had luck at the Goodwill. Every time I go I come out empty handed :( I will bookmark your tutorial...just in case ;) Thanks!

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  2. I love your chalkboard! I'm so glad you posted the tutorial for us because I'm definitely making one! Thanks girl!

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  3. awesome idea
    i want to do one for my room :)


    xoxo
    Melina
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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  4. WOW! That seems super easy. I just love your board.

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  5. Awesome, nice and easy!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  6. I'm excited for myself that I actually found you via "next blog" rather than pinterest.
    But, I will say that I was thrilled when I was on pinterest and saw your chalkboard pictures - I was like, "Hey! I know her!"

    :-)

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  7. I love your blog and this idea! Can't wait to do it for our family!

    www.lucasandmahina.com

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  8. What kind of chalk did you use? It's so crisp and bright! I love it!

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  9. What size is your frame for the chalkboard?

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  10. @Amber, From what I can measure using different reference points in her pic, it's 48" X 24" at rough guess.

    I'm in the process of making one too! : )

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  11. Who does the writing and fonts? Is that your handwriting or drawings? If so, you Rock!

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  12. baby #2 will have a chalkboard ;) so cute and creative, i love it.

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  13. your weekly pics are adorable! thanks for the tip, too, on the chalkboard. i'll def be trying this out!

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  14. I made this today. My frame is smaller but i am still looking for a bigger one! Goodwill 5 bucks!

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  15. I'm doing this too! Do you use chalk pens?? If so, which ones have you found work the best? Thanks so much. BTW, I love reading your blog :-)

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  16. What kind of chalk do you use? My chalk never writes very well on my boards. It's super frustrating. Your colors are super crisp and clean. I'd love to know :) Thanks!

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  17. Awesome idea! I'm sure I can find a great frame at the thrift to re-purpose.

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  18. Must go op shopping and find a large frame! All kinds of awesome! And i have a can of chalkboard paint here! Woo!

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  19. I kept seeing your adorable weekly photos on Pinterest and I kept thinking "man, that looks a lot like mine!" Well, I popped over here and saw your before photo and sure enough, IT IS! I made mine, painted it white and everything, from the EXACT same picture and frame! Good 'ol garage sale find! Small world! ;) Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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  20. http://babych0u.blogspot.fr/2012/04/tableau-craie.html

    Your tutorial inspired me to try, and here the result! I am Fan

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  22. What kind of backing exactly did you use and how did you adhere it?

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  23. I love this! I am new follower and can't wait to read through all your post and take some of your ideas when I get pregnant!

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  24. Congrats on the Baby! I had a quick question about the "font" you used on the chalk board, is that really how you write? Or did you use stencils and stuff to help with the pretty pictures, words, numbers, and stuff?

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  25. I am new to this site... I found a post on pinterest. I love the chalkboard idea... Thanks for the tutorial.

    MonicaPratt78.blogspot.com

    thanks! :)

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  26. Amazing idea the whole thing about your motherhood, I'm still single but now you give me this chalkboard idea for the future. Greeting from Mexico city. ñ_ñ

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  27. Amazing idea the whole thing about your motherhood, I'm still single but now you give me this chalkboard idea for the future. Greeting from Mexico city.

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  28. I love the board! Can't wait to do this with my pregnancy!

    To everyone's chalk questions...
    I've heard WATER is the answer. I haven't tried this myself yet but I think dipping the chalk in water before you write and even spraying a little on the board first too is what makes it so bright and crisp! :)

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  29. Hi! I pinned your chalkboard tutorial months ago hoping I would happen across the perfect frame and I found one someone in my neighborhood was throwing out last month! I was so excited and finally got to work on it the past week and my brand new chalkboard is now hanging up and the whole family loves it! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  30. what kind of chalk do you use? im looking for chalk thats as vibrant as yours!

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  31. Curious to the type of chalk, too. I do find that when I wipe my board w/a wet towel, they write much better. I used spray paint, and I may have to take your advice & paint over w/the brush on. But please let us know your secret w/the chalk brand & how you get it to write so nicely! Thanks!! :)

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  32. Hi! I love your chalk board & I am making a big one for above our fireplace. I really wanted to know how/what you use to erase the chalk? It is always so clean when you change it. :) thanks

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  33. I LOVED your chalkboard and scoured every Goodwill and garage sale in my area with no luck ... Then, my hubby and I decided to take on our very first DIY project together. A quick trip to Home Depot, a couple 2x4's, plywood, and chalkboard paint later, and TADA!! A beautiful chalkboard! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    PS I love your blog!!

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  34. Hi! I found your blog when searching how to make a chalkboard, and I love reading about you. I am thinking of even starting a blog of my own to document my pregnancy :) I showed my Mom your chalkboard tutorial, and I was set out to make it over the weekend. My Mom suggested buying a sheet of wood at Home Depot, painting it with chalkboard paint, and using trim to frame it. What do you know? Home Depot actually sells a sheet of wood WITH a chalkboard backing! We just painted and cut the trim, and glued it on :) Just wanted to share with others in case they cannot find a large enough frame at a goodwill etc. Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. How much was the sheet of wood with the chalkboard backing plus the trim?

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    2. Little Baby Garvin also inspired me to start my own blog to document my pregnancy. I actually did the same thing your mom suggested! I did not have much luck at my local goodwill stores or even at any garage sales so I went to home depot and made my board from scratch and I think it looks just as good! I used a hard tempboard that only cost me $4.97. It takes just a little bit more time but is totally worth it in the end :)

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  36. Id like to know what kind of chalk you used!! Thanks in advance!

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  37. I love your blog! Your fun personality, creativity and amazing style has been a huge inspiration to me. I saw your chalkboard post a while back and have since been checking Goodwill for the perfect frame every chance i get. Finally i found one. Once i was ready to make a chalkboard out of my frame I looked up your post and i realized it is the SAME frame. Crazy right? No wonder it seemed perfect because i absolutely love yours! I did write a blog post on it but i linked it back to your original tutorial. Thank you for the great idea!!

    www.happilyeverarlyn.blogspot.com

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  38. I finally made my own message chalkboard! I had been looking for a frame as well, no luck. Instead, bought an old cabinet door for $4 and used it! I've been following your story since the pregnancy so its been a long time comin. I tagged you in my blog as well so hopefully expect some new addicts :) but i love your blog and your harper girl is gorgeous!

    www.tracy28112.blogspot.com

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  40. Used your tutorial to make mine for #3!
    Lucasandemilyhowell.blogspot.com :)

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  41. I just found this blog, and I am in love!! - Jen

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  42. can you show us HOW to write so beautifully with chalk???

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  43. Wonderful!! I'm pinning now!! :)
    www.fawnoverbaby.com

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  44. Hi there! I am totally copying our chalkboard but I have one question: how did you put the chalkboard back together? Did you use a staple gun? Thank you! Love your blog!

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  45. Hi! I have a whole chalkboard wall in my kitchen, and always have the hardest time erasing/cleaning it between drawings. How do you clean yours? An eraser definitely doesn't work for me at least, and when I use water and a sponge, I have to rinse and repeat many, many, many times as I always have a milky water line. I've even used coke to clean it, but it ended up a bit streaky. Thanks for tip!

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  46. I have a question does the Frame backing have to be wood, or will it be alright if I paint on the glass?

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    1. I painted my chalkboard paint directly onto a mirror and it worked- just make sure you use the rust-oleum brand chalkboard paint.

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  47. You are such an inspiration!! I followed your blog long before I was pregnant and had a blast making a chalkboard of my own! You are AMAZING and I quote you all the time! Thanks for sharing your be-a-u-tiful life!!
    ~*X*~

    http://littleleonardohana.blogspot.com/

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  48. You are BEYOND an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your B-e-a-utiful life and family! I started following your blog long before I got prego and was so excited to do a chalkboard of my own!! love love love following you!

    http://littleleonardohana.blogspot.com/

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  49. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant. I found your chalkboard pictures on pinterest when I was only 7 weeks along and I have used your weekly chalkboard creations to help me in capturing my babies growth during my pregnancy. I just now came across your site from looking at stuff on google. I just wanted to say thank you for your inspiration. Your family is lovely!

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