April 14, 2010

DIY Designing: Chalk It Up

The door going down to my basement was screaming for some style. After reading about a project with chalkboard paint on the blog Young House Love, I knew I had found the solution for the hum-drum space.

Here’s a shot of the door before. Bo-ring.

First, you need to decide how big you want your chalkboard. In my case, the bigger the better! Note: I wanted the border to be the same thickness on all sides, so the doorknob was the determining factor. I measured past the knob about two inches for a total of a 6 inch border.

After carefully measuring out the border and using a level to help keep your lines straight and even, tape off the area with painter’s tape.

Chalkboard paint is a special product, available at your local hardware store. In addition to black, there are several color options to choose from, but I wanted to keep the look classic. Note: chalkboard paint that is also magnetic is now available. It is quite pricey though, so I opted out.

You’ll need at least a couple of coats. Check packaging for drying time between coats.

Then remove tape and start writing. Actually, start writing about 48 hours after you get done painting the final coat. You need to make sure the paint is good and dry.

Eventually I want to add a little trim to frame out the chalkboard, but for now (or until I get around to it), it’s a fun and simple way to add life to a dull space!


  1. That looks like a great idea for a child's bedroom, too....OR a busy family's kitchen door where they can leave notes for each other! Love it! :)

  2. this is a great project meg! i have a mirror that i was thinking of making into a chalkboard, but what is your opinion of the chalkboard spray paint? i'm not sure how to paint a mirror with anything else.

  3. Kate, such a cute idea! I have never used chalkboard spray paint before so I'd be interested in what you think about it. If you decide to move ahead, I'd love to see pictures of the project!

  4. It's also a great place for your cute little neighbors to draw moons.