Diy Chalkboards with Ashley Pahl

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diyI've been having a lot of fun lately experimenting with chalkboard paint. As one who loves to organize things, it's too tempting to turn everything into a writable surface, from glass, wood, walls, paper, and more. These are some small-scale projects that can be done in a couple of hours. For all projects you must follow these steps for painting:

Paint two coats an hour apart, one layer horizontally, the other vertically. After painting the two coats, let the project dry completely for 24 hours. Lightly shade the entire dried surface with a piece of chalk, and then erase it. The chalkboard surface is now ready for use!

Bonnie has also posted in the past about creating custom DIY chalkboard colors, have you seen it?

First I made a mini desktop chalkboard, perfect for little notes or ideas. To do this project you will need:

  • a picture frame
  • chalkboard paint
  • a paintbrush
  • wood veneer, cardboard, or thick card stock

Cut the wood veneer down to fit in the picture frame. Sturdy card board or card stock will also work for this project. Follow the directions for painting above. Once veneer has been dried and conditioned with chalk, just pop it in the frame, and it's ready to go!

Next, I went a step further and painted the inside of a cabinet. I've always wanted a little place to leave notes in the kitchen, especially in my baking and spice cabinet. As another wood surface, I followed the same directions for painting with chalkboard paint above.

My next favorite project has been to paint little clothespins with chalkboard paint. These are a wonderful way to organize papers, coupons, stamps, bills, invitations and RSVPs, etc. They can be perched up on a wire or string on a wall; backed with magnets for the fridge; hot glue thumbtacks on the back for cork boards; or, just left out on the desk to organize, like I do.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.



  • Oh my!! I went crazy with chalkboard paint this weekend, too! I’m writing about it right now.

    Great ideas, I like the clothespin one the best!

    – Mel

  • Hi,
    I am so in love with chalkboards right now. I just finished one for my kitchen. Here is the link if you want to see.
    I am having a hard time restraining myself from chalkboard paining everything I own.

    • awesome job, brittany! love what you’ve done! :)

  • I love this idea! And I love how the chalkboard is surrounded by that beautiful intricate and artistic picture frame! I can’t wait to try my first chalkboard paint project!

  • i like that she turned clothespins into chalkboard magnets! they would be perfect in the kitchen – clip chips or lettuce closed and write the date on them clothespin of when you opened.

  • Cool, Brittany! I’m thinking I want to do a colored one as well when we move into our house. Thanks for sharing!

  • Finally finished all of mine! I went on a bit of a chalkboard spree…

  • i didnt even know there was chalkboard paint.. this is so cool!

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