DIY Chalkboard

Posted by: on April 1st, 2014 | 10 Comments
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DIY Chalkboard


This DIY chalkboard is easy to make. There are a million uses for it, too. Write seasonal greetings, display the menu at a wedding reception, guide guests to your backyard when you’re having a cookout, write a family to-do list, or let the kids have fun drawing pictures on it!

For this project, we could use chalkboard paint to create the chalkboard surface. But instead we’re going to save a step by purchasing MDF boards that already have the chalkboard surface applied. Having chalkboard MDF for sale might be one of The Home Depot’s best kept secrets!


DIY Chalkboard: drilling holes


Step 1

Cut the four boards to 4’6” lengths (four pieces) and 18 ¾” (four pieces).

Sand any rough edges.


Step 2

Assemble each side face down, edges flushed, and fasten all four corners.

Add four or more screws along each of four sides, evenly distributed.


DIY Chalkboard: Attaching the hinges

Step 3

Once both sides are assembled, square both sides face down and fasten the hinges 4 inches from either corner.

DIY Chalkboard


Step 4

Attach the cabinet pull to be a chalk holder. Drill holes for the cabinet pull and attach to the top board using the hardware provided.


Step 5

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Attach a piece of jack chain to connect the two boards to keep it from collapsing.


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  1. Ideally you can use both sides of this chalkboard. Love the length and the size and think it would look great to announce shop specials. Needs a nice coat of stain.

  2. Rachel says:

    How much would this cost to make?

  3. If the purpose of that cabinet pull is to help you move it, it should be the other side up.

    • Craig Allen says:

      That’s a good point, Margaret.

      Actually, the cabinet pull is to act as a chalk holder… but that was not explained in the tutorial. I’ve added a little bit of explanation.

      Thanks for catching that.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  4. Crystal says:

    Love this! Going to pin this on PINTEREST!!!!

  5. DAVE BRICKLEY says:

    Nice project, but you think a foot long piece of chain would be nice so it doesn’t collapse on anyone??

  6. Maggie popadak says:

    How much is the paint? Do you brush on or spray?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Maggie.

      That’s not chalkboard paint. That’s MDF with the chalkboard finish already applied. A 2 ft. x 4 ft. piece currently sells for $9.97 at The Home Depot. Click here to see more about it.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot