Framed Chalkboard Tutorial

As part of the girls’ bedroom makeover, I wanted to make them a chalkboard where they can be creative in their room. There have been a lot of chalkboard paint used on walls. I have seen them everywhere on the web. I didn’t want to do an entire wall of chalkboard paint because of the dusty mess it would make. And this way the frame actually catches the chalk dust making it easier for cleaning.

The girls have so much fun drawing on there. Sometimes they make masterpieces that I want to keep. So I end up taking a picture of it before they erase it for memory sake. This framed chalkboard was pretty easy to put together. If you make something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it to our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


  • large wooden frame
  • paint primer
  • glossy paint of your color choice
  • chalkboard paint
  • paint supplies
  • large piece of flat plywood that is cut to the size of the inside of the frame
  • framer’s point driver (optional)

1. I found my large frame at Goodwill. First clean it off with a damp cloth. Allow to completely dry before applying paint primer on it. Once the primer dries, then paint over it with glossy paint. The gloss will make it more durable for children and easier cleaning.

2. I purchased the plywood from Home Depot and they were able to cut it to the size I needed it to fit the inside of the frame. First paint the wood with paint primer.

3. Once the primer dries, paint over it with chalkboard paint. I did about 3 coats.

4. Finally use the framer’s point driver to shoot framer’s points into the side of the frame (on the back) to keep the board in place inside the frame. If you do not have a point driver on hand, which most of you probably don’t since you are not a framer, then you can take it to a local framing store and ask them to do this step for you. They usually charge a small fee to do something like this and it takes no time. And done!

» Tell me… Have you used chalkboard paint before? On what? If not, what would you like to use chalkboard paint for?

7 Responses to “Framed Chalkboard Tutorial”

  • Zsa Zsa

    I haven’t used chalkboard paint before but I would like to try it on a wall of my daughter’s room or on a frame in the kitchen.

  • Heather

    I painted some old place mats with chalkboard paint, and before each meal my five year old daughter Chloe loves to write our names on fresh and decorate them, choosing who should sit wear! Best part of this project was that it was so easy and so quick yet it’s been a big hit!

  • Arlene

    When we bought our house 10 years ago, I painted a pantry door with chalkboard paint. It’s still going strong! There are some messages (at the top) that I can’t bear to erase, too many memories. It’s fun to see what my kids wrote a decade ago and now seeing my grandson’s drawings on it, too. I have a large vintage frame (it used to be a mirror for a fireplace, but the mirror was broken) that I’m going to make as a chalkboard for my daughter’s house.

  • Elyssa

    I actually just used chalk board paint on poster board…. Decorated with ribbons and felt flowers! My daughter loves it! 🙂

  • Valencia

    I have been searching the web all morning looking for this type of project! I am so excited to have found your tutorial. I am a renter and I am very limited in how I design. I plan to create these creative frames for each of my four children. I will be sure to let you know how it goes.


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