DIY Back to School Chalkboard

8 Materials
2 Hours
It's almost time for the new school year to begin! We created this chalkboard to help us keep our extracurricular activities organized, but we hope it benefits you as well!
We use Amy Howard One-Step Paint, generally requires no sanding or priming, but in the case of our window, a lot of the old paint was chipping off. We took a blade and a putty knife and got to work, removing any paint on it’s way off, so the new paint wouldn’t chip off with it. We also wanted to remove paint on the glass, so the new paint would go on smooth.

We also wiped the frame and glass with Clean Slate to remove the dust and grime. In place of Clean Slate you can use Diluted Simple Green wiped off with wet rag.
Once we taped off the glass, we used a dry brush technique, so we could keep the aged look of the window. We did a couple of coats and sanded between each coat.

We sealed the paint with a clear wax.
One-Step paint can be used for the chalkboard. We wanted a traditional chalkboard so we went with black, but you can use any color.
We added the stickers to label the different sections of work hard, play hard.
Finally, we started knocking out our to-do list!

Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite activities during the school year!

Suggested materials:

  • Old Window Frame or Picture Frame   (Thrift Store)
  • Two Colors of One-Step Paint   (
  • Clean Slate or Diluted Simple Green wiped off with wet rag   (
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