Sunday, January 20, 2013

DIY Craftsman Chalkboard

Build: craftsman chalkboard

I used Ana White's Craftsman Frame plans, resized to use up some wood scraps and ended up with a fun chalkboard for my kids room:

Ana's plans are so wonderful, surprisingly they make a perfect spot for chalk to rest:

The craftsman frame took about 15 minutes to build, honestly it's so fast and easy:

Here's how to make the craftsman framed chalkboard:

1. Using Ana's plans as a guide cut your wood:

My cuts are:
2 - 1x3 @ 23.5"
1 - 1x3 @27"
1 - 1x2 @ 27"
1 - 1x3 @ 28"
1 - 1x2 @28"
3/8" plywood @ 24" x 27"

2. Assemble with pocket hole screws and glue:
(picture below is the back view)

3. Sand and paint.
I used two coats Glidden lucky shamrock:

4. Paint plywood piece two coats black chalkboard paint:

5. Distress frame edges and apply Minwax Early American stain:

6. Seal with Minwax clear satin poly:

7. Screw chalkboard painted plywood piece onto frame from back.
Add hangers.


  1. Really cute and I'm always impressed that you made it yourself!

  2. Saw you at Serenity Now. This is cute and I just love the GREEN color you painted it!

  3. Hi Jamie...I realize this is an older post, but I was wondering about the board on the back of this. Since we are attaching the plywood chalkboard to the back of this, I am guessing the whole frame won't be flat to the wall. Would it be too much trouble to post a picture of how it looks from the backside with the chalkboard screwed down?? I can visualize it, but most times when I do this, I'm wrong.
    thanks bunches,
    Debora Cadene