DIY Window Chalkboard

As a born list maker, it’s been driving me nuts that my kitchen didn’t have any type of memo board but I didn’t feel like spending oodles on a fancy organizing system. Having seen DIY ribbon boards and chalkboards around the blogosphere before, I knew what I wanted but just wasn’t sure how to make it happen until one day on my way to work this old window practically jumped into my car from a pile of sidewalk castaways destined for the garbage.

DIY window chalkboard

Creating your own chalkboard is ridiculously easy and would work well in a kitchen or a kid’s room.  If you had a paned window you could even get fancy with it and create a half cork/half chalkboard or half ribbon board/half chalkboard.

You’ll need:
a window or picture frame
spray paint
chalkboard paint
a small paint roller (a mini edger works well)
painters tape
wire (optional for clipping up cards, photos, etc)
sturdy frame hangers & nails
a drawer pull (this will be your chalk tray)
a power drill

1. If the window is old and dirty, start by cleaning it well so that the paint sticks and coats evenly.
2. In a well-ventilated space, like your garage, lay down newspaper and put the window on top to spray paint the frame. Don’t worry about getting it on the glass because you’ll cover that later. Let dry completely.

spraypainted window
3. Cover the inner edges of the window frame with painters tape.
4. Use a small paint roller to apply chalkboard paint to the glass. Apply multiple thin coats for the best coverage. Peel off the tape once dry.
5. Measure the location for your drawer pull-turned-chalk holder and mark two holes.  Use a power drill to drill in the holes and screw the pull onto frame.
6. Cut wire a few inches longer than the edge of the frame and affix the ends to the backside with a staple gun or heavy tape.  It will be against the wall so it won’t be seen.
7. Measure and screw or drill on frame hangers if you plan to hang it on the wall.

Repurposed window

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10 responses to “DIY Window Chalkboard

  1. Alison

    If you didn’t have a window you could use an old cabinet door. You can also create a personalized growth chart/art center by painting the back of a child’s bedroom door with chalkboard paint and then applying acrylic paint to add desired details.

  2. abbieknaub

    Fun chalkboard! I came over from the Inspired Room and LOVE the color behind the chalkboard. If you have time (and I understand if you don’t) would you share the color? And do you have a picture of the whole kitchen? I’d like to see how the orange works with the trim, wood, appliances, other colors! Thanks,
    Abbie
    abbiemknaub (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Katie

      Hey Abbie! The color is Tangy Orange by Benjamin Moore. And I actually have a slightly darker orange (Festive Orange) below a white chair rail. All of our trim and counters are white and we have a beige tile floor. I know I have some photos at home somewhere so I’ll see if I can track them down for you and send you a link.
      Katie

  3. I love chalkboard paint!! I have painted the inside of silver trays and picture frames before with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint is kind of addicting!!! 🙂

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