Make a Large Lightweight Chalkboard

Chalkboard Art: Make a Large Lightweight Portable Chalkboard via #diy #tutorial #chalkboard


You can make an oversized chalkboard for your home, business or school using this easy tutorial. It’s so lightweight almost anyone can lift it and move it around.  I wanted to make this large piece for a large blank wall in my studio…. it doubles as artwork and a photo prop.  I added two quotes to mine to fill up the space.   Total cost of materials was $35.

The piece is just an interior hollow core door…..usually retailing about $20 to $30 depending on the size.  The typical sizes in Lowe’s or Home Depot range from 30″x80″ to 36″x80″. We primed ours because I’d been using it as the top of a work table for a while and it needed sanding:

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The Mr. LBB rolled the door with a few coats of chalkboard paint:

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I wrote out the quotes using regular white chalk:

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Using it for artwork and want to keep it from smudging? Spray with a coat of Workable Fixatif.  To remove the fixatif down the road you’ll just need a light swipe of a damp magic eraser.


I actually worked on a few pieces of art this weekend…..this was one of three. Here’s a peek at the other two…click the image to view:

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  1. Suzi says

    Great idea! Now you just need to teach us how to write on it without smudging as we go. : ) That’s my problem. Any tips?

  2. Anna says

    Love the chalkboard! I have an old insert from an old big IKEA coffee table (like sort of a bottom shelf) that I’ve been thinking of turning into an outdoor chalkboard for my girls, so I was super excited to see this post. :)

    I’ve heard you can make chalkboard paint by mixing 1 cp latex paint with 2 tbsp tile grout or something like that, so I’m thinking of maybe giving it a try. :)

  3. Stacey says

    I love it! I also just found your website. I know that this will soon be my new obsession. Thank you for being here. Hugs from TX! S

  4. Andrea S. says

    I use aerosol hairspray on my chalkboard to keep it from smudging. Works great and it’s cheap.