Asked on Aug 18, 2013

Chalkboard paint

Polly ZieperRose WhiteZ


I'm considering making a 'frame from basebaord trim from Home Depot( Is that what its called? and making a rectangular chalkboard in my newly 5yr old's room, by painting the inside of the 'frame' with chalkbaord paint. Has anyone done this? Or is it just not worth it? Maybe once school starts I should just go to Office Max or Depot and buy him a chalkboard for his room. Suggestions?
5 answers
  • Sam @ DIY Huntress
    on Aug 18, 2013

    Chalkboard paint is so great! I think he'd love to have an excuse to write on his walls! Well worth the money, I promise!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 18, 2013

    by the time you factor in your time and the "special paint" you could easily buy a basic "chalk board" from a office supply type store. One thing to keep in mind though is that the quality of these "ready made" boards can vary widely. Cheap imports often do not clean well and many of the surfaces will wear prematurely. Back in the "good old days" these boards were made from honed and polished slate...check out the tile section of your home improvement could build one from real slate to add some real class.

  • Z
    on Aug 18, 2013

    We used black chalk boar paint (Rustoleum brand) on the flat portion of our six panel pantry door. My grandson and I use it often and it's held up for ten years now. Here's some that HT members have done... With DIY chalkboard paint: Purchased chalkboard paint: Plain paint (Dutch Boy in this case) works too according to this HT member and blogger:

  • Rose White
    on Aug 21, 2013

    I wouldn't use baseboard moulding for the frame, getting the corners cut perfectly can be difficult and how are you planning on joining the corners? It is just easier and not very expensive to buy an old picture frame at a thrift store and paint it a fun color! But definitely do the chalkboard paint, it is easy to use and so fun!

  • Polly Zieper
    on Aug 21, 2013

    picture frame.. same look, but less work,I love the idea! thanks!

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