3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

Chalkboard lettering made easy
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Okay, show of hands… How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards, ready to start lettering, only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs –because that’s what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don’t want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach–I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Continue Reading

DIY This! A Simple Chalkboard Calendar that Anyone Can Make


January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Modern Chalkboard Wall Calendar

created at: 12/26/2012

If puppy and kitten calendars aren’t quite your thing, we’ve got a sweet DIY project that’s sure to tickle your modern-aesthetic-loving fancy!     

I love that this calendar can be used year after year, not to mention the fact that it’s just plain awesome to look at. To recreate the look, all you need is some chalkboard paint and a bit of painter’s tape. Check out Stylizimo for tips and a tutorial on getting your calendar grid looking oh-so-perfect. Continue Reading

How to Make Chalkboard Wine Glasses

Alajandra recieved an email from a retail pitching chalkboard wine glasses. She loved the idea but not the price, which was $19.95 per glass. So, Miss Alajandra got down to DIY business and made her own. Materials are what you might expect and include chalkboard spray paint, painters tape and wine glass. Visit Always Order Dessert for the complete tutorial. And for those who are wondering about durablitiy, Alajandra says the glass are NOT dishwasher safe so hand washing will be necessary.  Continue Reading

Make a Chalkboard Gift Tag

created at: 12/23/2010

Pretty Handy Girl came up with the idea to make REUSABLE gift tags with the help of chalkboard paint. She employed standard black spray paint, but now that we know you can make your OWN chalkboard paint in ANY COLOR, I thought I’d whip one up in red using balsa wood.  

Here’s PHG’s ingredients:

And here are mine:

  • homemade red chalkboard paint
  • balsa wood (mine was 3″ wide)
  • straight edge
  • craft blade
  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • drill with small-ish bit (about 1/4″ or so)
  • sponge brush
  • chalk
  • gold paint pen for ‘dot’ border

For the entire tute, head on over to PHG. Continue Reading

How to make your own chalkboard paint…in ANY color.

created at: 11/04/2010

Last week I posted a review of the very inspirational Common Sense Storage. In it I spotted a recipe for making your own chalkboard paint. With the publisher‘s permission, I’m happy to share it today with my fellow Curbs!   

The original recipe is as follows, but with some trial and error, I’ve made a few notations which appear in CAPITALS. 

Recipe of Chalkboard Paint:

  • 3 teaspoons acrylic paint (color of choice), PLAIN OLD ACRYLIC CRAFT PAINT WORKS FINE
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons glazing medium (water based)
  • 1/2 teaspoon powder UNSANDED tile grout

USING A SPONGE BRUSH, apply 3 OR MORE coats on your painting surface. Continue Reading

DIY Gorgeous Glass Canisters

Make These Lovely Glass Canisters With Chalkboard Paint Labels With This How-To By missmustardseed.blogspot.com

We’ve seen chalkboard paint on a lot of things here at Curbly, but never on glass. Or in this case, glass canisters. The effect is quite lovely. The materials list is the kind I like: short.     Here it is…

  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Frog Tape
  • DecoArt Thick Texture (INGENIOUS!)
  • DecoArt Tin Ceiling Texture Stencil 
  • Sponge brush
  • Small pallet knife
  • Glass canister(s)

Follow this jump to Miss Mustard Seed for the entire tutorial. I love the fact that her canisters are in use. Continue Reading

Secondhand Chic: How to Make a Chalkboard Game Table


Louise gave a tired mid-mod table a fun once-over perfect for her daughter’s playtime. Before we attempt such a makeover ourselves, we’d be wise to follow Louise’s suggestions and sand the table and prime it before we paint. For more info about the project, visit Ohdeedoh.

Interested in more how-tos for creative reuse, thrift store and flea market finds, and turning secondhand items into showstopping home decor? Curbly’s latest Make It! publication has fourteen original projects that show you how to recycle some style! Continue Reading

Before and After Chalkboard Chair Makeover


Welcome to a new feature here on Curbly! It’s called…drumroll, please….Make Over Mondays!! (Okay, so you could figure that one out by the totally awesome banner above.) Anyhoo, Mondays are going to be devoted to fabulous befores & afters. So if you like a good makeover (and who doesn’t?) make sure you visit every Monday for your makeover fill. And if you’ve got a good makeover of your own to show off, don’t worry, Tuesday through Friday are still available*. Continue Reading