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Weekend Project: Framed Chalkboard

I’ve been seeing a lot of framed chalkboards all over the DIY blog network and I wanted one for my kitchen. The thing is, none here in Manila sells black chalkboards (which I can conveniently cut and put in a frame). National Bookstore sells only the fugly green school “blackboards”. I want an actual black chalkboard just like old fashioned coffee shops and delis, not the mossy green ones.

So for many months, I searched the net until a month ago I went with the hubby to Wilcon and lo and behold! They have chalkboard spray paint! It’s a little pricey though (P650.00) but I desperately want a black chalkboard. I have tons of other projects in line already so I didn’t think twice.


any old frame

plywood to fit the frame (I used 1/4″ plywood from our collection of scrap wood)

   * You can opt to use the glass that comes with the frame if it still exists but mine was too thin, it might break after 3 uses so I chose wood. Using glass can save you time sanding but you may want to prime it first.

Chalkboard paint




Let’s begin.

Clean your frame thoroughly from dust, chipped paint, etc. Mine was too dusty because it has been sitting on top of our shelf for months now.

Then, spray it with primer. (I don’t want a glossy effect for the frame so I didn’t bother painting it again, I love the white matte effect anyway.)

While waiting for the frame paint to dry, start sanding the plywood until you can no longer feel the grains. (I was a little lazy for this so I asked someone to apply putty on this.) If the wood is not smooth, the chalk residue would get into the grains, leaving white streaks on your chalkboard that would get hard to get rid of.

Here’s the wood now smooth.

Wait for a few hours before you apply the chalkboard paint. (I forgot to take a picture of it but it’s the same as painting other things anyway.) I wait the next day before I paint the board just to make sure it’s totally dry. Just follow the instruction at he back of the can when using your chalkboard paint. After 24 hours, your board is ready for your creativity! Just mount it on your frame and hang. (By the way, I sanded the frame a bit for a distressed look. I don’t have a close-up shot but I hope you can see the detail on this image.) Easy peasy!

Cost Breakdown:

Frame – P0.0 (from my own junk)

Piece of Plywood – P0.0 (from our collection of scrap wood)

Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint – P650.00 (good for several projects though)

White Primer/Flat Spray Paint – P159.75

Sandpaper – P0.0 (we have left over from previous projects)




10 Comments on Weekend Project: Framed Chalkboard

  1. avatar
    April 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm (5 years ago)

    hello! i am also making my own chalkboard and i was wondering where you bought your chalkboard paint? 🙂

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    May 22, 2013 at 12:02 am (5 years ago)

    What Wilcon Branch did you buy the chalkboard paint? I’ve been looking for a black chalkboard paint. I don’t want to use Boysen School Board paint in green. The black one looks elegant. 🙂

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      May 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm (5 years ago)

      I bought it from Wilcon Quirino branch. 🙂

  3. avatar
    August 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    Incredibly helpful site!
    Your article Weekend Project: Framed Chalkboard is a spot on! We’ve been looking where, to buy and how…in the most economical way and found exactly this article.

    Many thanks.

    TheVillageGreenShop Team

  4. avatar
    December 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

    This is a great blog! 🙂 Happy to have stumbled upon it while looking for chalkboard ideas. 🙂
    Question, though: if I’m going to use the paint on a concrete wall, do you think I’ll need extra (or less) steps? I suppose I won’t need to sand it anymore, right? 🙂
    More power to you and your blog! 🙂

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    January 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I plan to create my own chalkboards for my DIY wedding. Big help! 😀

  6. avatar
    April 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm (4 years ago)

    you could’ve just used an illustration board if you wanted to use a ‘black’ chalkboard. They have that in National Bookstore too 🙂

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  8. avatar
    Candy Paint Asia
    May 13, 2015 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, you’ve done a superb job here. My only concern is the chalkboard paint you use is not easy to clean (as you can see on your photo) and has some toxic chemical. I highly recommend the Chalkboard Paint from Candy Paint Asia. It is water based, easy to apply, child safe, no VOC or awful smell, and Eco friendly.

    Their website is http://candypaintasia.com/
    Email is info@candypaintasia.com
    And contact number 09151942053


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