DIY Chalkboard {For Outside}

We made this chalkboard over 10 years ago….and it is still going strong!

diy chalk board

It has been used in so many ways…..birthday party wishes, to keep score, tic-tac-toe, messages from friends, as a story board, in many home movies as a prop, etc. I can’t even remember all the ways that we have used it.

diy chalk board

It hangs outside on our chimney…and has for the whole 10+ years. I didn’t touch-up the pictures…you can see that it is a bit worn from being written on for so many years; but it actually doesn’t show in person and you can’t tell when you look at it.  We still use it all the time.

I thought I would share how we made it….it can be used inside or outside.  It’s the same process no matter where you decide to use it.

diy chalk board

Here’s what you will need:

plywood cut to the size that you would like the chalkboard

chalkboard paint…brush-on {We like to use Rustoleum}

Paint brush

Other colored paint for decorating, if you wish.  We used acrylic for our vine.

Picture hanging hardware and wire for hanging {Get heavy-duty!}

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Paint 4-5 coats of chalkboard paint on the front and sides. 1-2 coats on the back.

2. Paint any decorations that you would alike on the front…be sure to only paint around the edges like a frame…you want the center open so you can use it.

3.  Attach hanging hardware on the back.

4. Allow to dry 24-48 hours before putting outside.

5.  Hang in a fun spot!

We have never touched-up or had to repair our chalkboard….it has lasted very well. It stays outside year-round in all kinds of weather.

What projects have you been up to lately?


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