Transform an old frame from drab to fab with this DIY chalkboard project

Get creative and have a go at making your very own chalkboard from an unwanted frame

white wall with black board on wall with notes and thread

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Keep on top of all your errands and appointments with a smart chalkboard, perfect for hanging in your hallway or kitchen. This straightforward project takes just 3 hours and is a great way to repurpose an old, unwanted frame; head to your local charity shop or car boot sale if you don't have one at home. Style at Home shows you how to make your own chalkboard in three simple steps...

You will need:

Picture frame, charity shop

Sandpaper & paintbrush

Crown Paints Old English White Eggshell, £1.69 for 40ml, Homebase

Hardboard (1,220mm x 610mm x 3mm), £4.97, B&Q

Wood saw

Chalkboard paint, £3.50 for 100ml, Laura Ashley

String & tape

Picture wire & brass screw eyes

Clothes pegs

Washi tape, from £2.50 for two rolls, Hobbycraft

Step one

Remove the backing board from your frame and set aside. Lightly sand the frame and wipe clean. Paint the frame with the white paint and leave to dry. Repeat if necessary. Using the backing boardm measure and cut the hardboard to fit (B&Q will do this for you). Paint with the chalkboard paint, leave to dry and repeat.

Step two

Measure and cut a piece of string the same width as the frame. Place across the back of the frame about three quarters of the way down and tape in place. Then secure your chalkboard in place with tape. Fix the picture wire to the back frame with two brass screw eyes.

Step three

Take three clothes pegs and cover one flat side with washi tape. Peg onto the string and hang up your chalkboard, then clip on pretty notes and cards as you wish.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.