DIY School House Chalkboard

I wanted something to fill this space but not leave it cluttered.

It had to work for us but not be fussy.

So an old school house chalkboard fit the bill.

I found the perfect DIY at House of Fifty.

She gave a great tutorial and thank goodness...

Most of my pictures didn't come out. rats!

So between her great tutorial and my gift for gab...

We CAN do this!

(Please note that her measurements and mine are not the same. I cut down the size of mine by 5 " in length only not width)

I started out with a sheet of  1/8" hardboard cut into two pieces.
23"x46" and 20"x41" found at Home Depot.

The smaller of the two will be used for the chalkboard and the larger for the backing.

You will then need to buy
(2)  11/16 x 3 1/2 x 97
(1) 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 97
(1) 11/16 x 1 1/2 x 97

I used the unfinished MDF.

You can buy the primed  but it will double the price.

From there I cut my two side pieces 46 1/2" each using the 11/16 x 3 1/3.
For the bottom, I cut a 20" using the same size as the sides.
It will fit snugly in between the two sides.

For the tiny trim I cut two 28 1/2" pieces using the 11/16 x 1 1/2 board.
They went on top and bottom of the larger top piece.
The larger top piece is 27" cut from your 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 97

(don't let these measurements scare you) ;)

Do not make the mistake like I did..

I bought baseboard like this below.
 It will not give you the same look due to the curves.

Trust me.

So I started on my project pretty late in the night.

I painted my boards (2 coats) and let them dry.

I used the Valspar chalkboard paint. Love it!

It took two coats as well.

So now I will just have to wing it with this last photo and try and explain.

After my pieces were dry I glued the painted chalkboard piece down to the larger piece of hardboard.
It left a boarder that I covered in glue and added my trim.
Once my pieces were glued down, I let dry over night.

I was so upset that my pictures didn't come out.

It got so late and dark I guess...  :(

I will share a lot of pictures from different angles and this may help some.


You may need a little caulk to fill in some gaps.

For the backing I recommend picture hardware.

I love the clean lines of the molding..

Please please please...

My measurements were cut down from "House of Fifty" so they will not add up.

You may want to go with her size and cut them to your own wants if needed.

Hope you have fun making this project.

Thank you House of fifty for the sweet inspiration!

xoxox Susie

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  1. Susie, you have THE BEST ideas. Super inspiring. I might have to convince hubby to tag along with me to Home Depot this weekend for supplies!

  2. adorable! hey - just noticed the lovely topiary on your kitchen sink.. what is it, if you dont mind me asking?

  3. It's a plant from the Pottery Barn. Thanks!

  4. I love all your ideas. Too bad I'm challenged with building things. I will just admire from a far :-)

  5. I love this project, Susie! And just in time for back to school and the cRaZy pace that brings!

  6. That turned out super cute! Great project!

  7. I did one of these using an old construction!!ha! It looks great in your space.

  8. Love this! And the chalkboard tutorial that you did for your nieces bridal shower. I've been admiring these chalkboards and I want to make one just like you! I just wrote down all of the measurements and I'm going to head to Home Depot tomorrow to get the supplies and make my own! I'm assuming you used a circular saw to cut down your pieces at home? Also did you prime your boards before you painted the white and the chalk board? And you didn't use any nails only wood glue? Thanks!

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