Today I’m sharing a fun and easy DIY project with this DIY Rustic Farmhouse Chalkboard.
If you are like me, you’ve noticed a major revival in the popularity of chalkboards over the last few years. Today you can get just about anything with a chalkboard surface and while we may be close to reaching critical mass with chalk surfaces on every piece of home decor, the tried and true chalkboard will never go out of style.
Chalkboards provide a wonderful outlet for our creative juices and an easy place to jot down notes or lists that we want to remember. You won’t believe how easy it is to make one.
Materials & Tools List
- 2 – 1in x 4in x 12ft pine boards (the straightest you can find)
- 1 qt. Valspar Chalkboard Paint
- Foam Paint Roller
- Frog Tape (the 1.4″ option is best for this project but use whatever you have!)
- Minwax Wood Stain in Jocabean
- Minway Fast-Drying Polyurethane
- Lint-free cloth
- Medium Grit Sandpaper
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- 4 – 6 3M Velcro strips
- Kreg Pocket hole Jig
- Table Saw (or skill saw)
Step 1 – Measure and Mark the Area
We already had Valspar Chalkpaint since I’d wanted to do a project like this for a while. When we finally decided where our chalkboard would go we opted to keep it really simple and paint directly onto the wall instead of adding a wood back to our chalkboard frame. This also reduced the overall weight of the finished chalkboard.
To start, identify where you want the board and how big it will be. Use the level to make sure that the top line of the chalkboard will be straight and mark with a pencil. Repeat this process to form the remaining sides of your chalkboard. (Ours is rectangular and roughly 3.5′ x 2.5′ but do whatever floats your boat!)
Now that you have your shape, tape it off with Frog Tape. Tip: make sure the tape is around the outside edge of the shape so there are no visible gaps when you add the frame.
Step 2 – Paint
Now that you have a clear area outlined, apply an even layer the Valspar Chalkboard paint directly to the wall. Our walls were light colored so we did not use a primer before applying the paint. A good first coat of primer is recommended for covering darker walls.
We added two coats of paint to make sure we had even coverage. Tip: Remember to remove the Frog Tape before the paint dries.
Step 3 – Make the Frame
While the paint is drying measure the pine boards to the size of the border you completed in step 1 and make your cuts. Match each piece of the frame to the side that will hang opposite it and stack the wood one piece on top of the other. This will allow you to make one cut through the 2 boards and make sure the frames matching sides will be the exact same size. Tip: Use Frog Tape to secure the two boards.
We butt jointed the frame together and then used our Kreg Jig to mark the holes before drilling in our pocket holes and used screws to secure the corners. Using pocket holes allowed us to assemble the frame with no hardware visible from the front. We also added Gorilla Glue to help hold the frame edges in place.
Step 4 – Destress & Stain
Since we were going for a rustic farmhouse look on this chalkboard, I used the medium grit sandpaper to roughen up the edges of the frame. I also used a hammer around the edges to give the wood an old, reclaimed look.
After distressing the wood, I wiped the surfaces clean and applied Minwax Jacobean Wood Stain with a lint-free cloth. We only applied 2 coats so the distressed elements of the wood stand out. Apply as many as you like!
After the stain was dry we applied a single coat of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane. Our chalkboard is in the kitchen so we wanted to make sure it would be protected.
Step 5 – Hang The Frame
With the chalkboard frame assembled and stained, all that is left is hanging it on the wall. You will NOT believe how easy this is.
We didn’t want to commit to the frame permanently so decided not to drill or nail it into the wall. Since the frame is light (there is no back after all) we used 3M Velcro Tape. Simply add the tape “stickers” around the frame, remove the tape back and firmly press onto the wall. It’s been hanging for over a year without any issues!
Ideas for Using Your Rustic Farmhouse Chalkboard
As I mentioned our rustic farmhouse chalkboard is hanging on the wall as you walk into the kitchen. I use it all the time to add reminders for ingredients I need to pick up, or dates we’ll have dinner guests.
I also love to map out the entire menu on it if we are having a dinner party so everyone knowswhat they are eating and what ingredients were used. This has been a crowd favorite at our recent dinner parties!
Lastly, I love to add fun sayings and uplifting quotes or draw seasonal scenes to welcome holidays.
There are so many chalkboard art tutorials online these days so you can get the perfect chalkboard lettering. I’m impatient so I just freehand and it’s good enough for me! Check out my Chalk Art Pinterest board for chalk letter inspiration and tutorials.
How are you using chalkboards around the house? Let me know in the comments below and make sure to add #decormademedoit to your social posts so I can find you.