Wood Chalkboards {Black Chalkboard}

Are you guys surviving the heat where you are?? Boy, it’s been super hot here in Nashville! I’m looking forward to cooler temps this week {and by cooler, I mean in the 80s…how sad is that?}.

I finished this project several weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to blog about it. I turned some scrap pieces of wood into mini chalkboards and made them into wall art for my room. I realize that this tutorial is pretty basic/easy, but I’m going to share it with you guys anyway. πŸ˜‰

Wood Chalkboards With Text

My grandmother had these pieces of wood in her garage leftover from where she had a tree cut down. Me, always with an eye for things that are discarded, asked if I could have them. She of course said yes. I had an idea of how I could use them for my room, but I think she was a little unsure about it.

Wood Chalkboards Before

Since the surfaces were pretty flat, the first thing I thought of was to turn them into individual chalkboards. I first sanded the surfaces down a bit just to make the surface as smooth as possible to write on. Then I added a few coats of primer.

Wood Chalkboards Primed

For the chalkboard paint, I went with Martha Stewart’s black acrylic chalkboard paint.

Black Chalkboard Paint

And then added a few coats of the chalkboard paint to each piece of wood.

Wood Chalkboards with Black Chalkboard Paint

My favorite hymn is “It Is Well.” Every time I sing it in church, I get a little teary eyed. Just something about the words and melody tug at my heart. I want those words to always be true about my life and my heart and I loved the idea of having those words displayed in my room to see every morning/day.

The black chalkboard paint was super dark and almost too ‘stark,’ so before I wrote on them, I took an eraser and went over them a bit to give them a more dusty/worn look.

Wood Chalkboards Close Up

To hang them on the wall, I just nailed a couple of saw tooth hangers to the back of each piece of wood. The only piece that was a little tricky, was the largest piece of wood. The back wasn’t entirely flush with the wall, so I had to strategically place the hangers in order to get the wood to hang straight. It does stick out from the wall a bit, but you can’t really tell when you are looking at it straight on.

Wood Chalkboard Hanging

Here’s a side view of all three pieces together.

Wood Chalkboards Side View

What do you think?

Wood Chalkboards Without Text

I have to say I love how they turned out. And bonus, the only thing I bought for this project was the chalkboard paint. I love cheap decor!

Wood Chalkboards With Text

I’m so close to having my room entirely decorated. I finally got my curtains up this weekend! Wahoo. No more waking up at 7:30am on the weekends because it’s so bright! I just have a few minor touches to finish on the rod and have a few more projects to finish and then my room will be done, finally!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and has a Happy Monday! Anyone watching the Bachelorette tonight?? I’m rooting for Sean. Who is your favorite??

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  1. Cj says

    these are very creative – i love that you used scraps of wood! In your photo you show a spray paint can for the chalkboard paint. How did you ONLY paint the front and not get the spray onto the natural bark sides? Did you have to tape it off? Great little project!

    • says

      I think I got the primer from Home Depot {Kilz maybe}? It’s something I already had on hand from previous projects so I can’t remember the exact brand. Any primer will work though!


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