Last week our store, Ampersand, had its big Grand Opening! We have been open about two months now and we are loving every minute of it. I was crafting like crazy getting ready for the big day. We needed a chalkboard and my mom and I looked everywhere but we could only find one at a teacher supply store. Turns out they are $40 +. Emphasis on the +. So I decided to DIY one... because I just don't have enough to do :) But I figured I could beat $40.
I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything, its so simple anyone could do it! For the base of the chalkboard I used an MDF board from Home Depot, it was about $3.00. They come 2'x4' but we cut ours down to 2'x3'.
I used chalkboard spray paint (no Krylon affiliation) in green, which was about $6.00.
My best tip is to do several very thin coats. I put my board on some bricks and just left it outside all afternoon. I applied a new coat every 45 minutes or so for a few hours.
Here it is after 2 coats, still very spotty. I did about 6 or 7 coats total.
The next step is important - you have to prime the board with white chalk. Just use the long side and rub chalk all over the board.
After you wipe it off with a wet towel and let it dry, you are ready to use your chalkboard.
My husband made a quick frame for me out of molding.