DIY Crafts

Create a vintage chalkboard in 3 easy steps

Transform a flea-market frame — and bring the flair of a Parisian café home — in as little as 10 minutes.
Create a vintage chalkboard in 3 easy steps

Now is a great time to hit up your local vintage store or garage sale for interesting picture frames, or dust off the one sitting unused in your basement — even if they're in less-than-perfect condition. A quick trip to the hardware store and a few coats of paint are all it takes to turn your find into a helpful addition for your kitchen, office or mud room.

1. Prep: Bring the empty frame to the lumberyard or hardware store and have a single piece of 1/4-inch MDF (medium-density fibreboard) cut to fit. Most stores will custom cut a sheet for free.

2. Roll: Prime the board and let dry, then paint it with chalkboard paint. Put the board aside to dry and move on to the frame. Shortcut: Pour the paint directly on the MDF surface so you don’t dirty a tray, and pitch the roller when you’re done.

3. Spray: Place the frame in a well-ventilated area and spray away: it may take two or three coats.

Pop the board back into the frame, secure it with a few finishing nails and you’re done!

Get the look: Distressed-wood table, 365+ bowls, plates and Data cutlery, Frostine paint,


Subscribe to our newsletters for our very best stories, recipes, style and shopping tips, horoscopes and special offers.

By signing up, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.