DIY Chalkboard and Markerboard Project Inspiration

Posted 08/17/2018 by The Dimensions™ DIY Team

Remember in elementary school when nothing was more exciting than writing on the board at the front of the classroom? Has that changed? No, right? Not for us either.

There’s just Something Irresistible….
Whatever magical appeal chalkboards and markerboards hold, you can capture their fun and charm and add it to your own living spaces in so many creative ways.

But here’s the thing: Chalkboard and markerboard paint is messy, time consuming and expensive. So, what instead? Real boards. DimensionsTM readily available 2’ x 4’ sheets can be used in multiples for large projects or cut down to any size or shape for smaller ones.

What will your project be? Here are some of our favorites!  

Via HGTV blog - DIY Whiteboard Wall


  • Upcycle vintage framed mirrors, picture frames, cabinet faces or door and window frames. Carefully remove any backings, glass or inset panels in the places you want the chalkboard or marker board. Install the board in the frame and attach it securely. To turn a frame into a cute serving tray, simply attach handles to the sides.

Give a vintage mirror a makeover 
Via The Dabney Home on Blogspot - 2012/02,
From mirror to chalkboard

Turn a frame into a serving tray
Via DIY Network - How to make chalkboard
serving trays from old picture frames

Replace a cabinet inset panel for
a handy place to leave a list or jot a quick note
Via SalvageSavvy - 2013/07
Weekly pinspiration for clever kitchen DIY

Look for fun and interesting shapes and
motifs, then paint or refinish
Via DIYandMag - 15 Wonderful DIY Ideas
to Upgrade the Kitchen


  • Attach one or more large pieces of chalkboard or marker board to a tabletop or desk using hot glue or fasteners to create a fun children’s table, homework station or craft and hobby table.

So many ways to play on this table
Via Rustoleum Project Catalog - Living room, chalkboard coffee table

Create a workspace the whole family will love
Via The Creative Imperative at Blogspot


  • Cut down larger pieces of chalkboard or marker board to create drawer and cabinet labels throughout the home. Great in the kitchen, mudroom, laundry room, craft room, workshop, pantry, garage, bedrooms or bathrooms.

Organize the family’s mittens, hats and more
in an entryway or mudroom
Via DIY Network - Vertical How-to Skills and Know-how
Painting, redo-it, upcycle dressers headboards and beds

Leave notes, reminders and lists where they won’t be missed
Via KnickOfTime - 2015/10 Farmhouse laundry room

Easily find your stored table goods
Via Ellabooandcompany at Blogspot - 2011/06 From forgotten to fabulous


  • Organize family to-dos, messages, menus and shopping lists.

An upcycled window frame makes a great weekly calendar
Via MagnoliaMarket - Chalkboard Planner

Upcycle an old door or shutter to create a menu board
Via ellaclaireinspired - DIY menu chalkboard

A simple painted frame makes a cute spot for all your lists
Via southernfriedgal - 2011/05 Time-out Tuesday,
Little Lucy Lu


  • Fill all or any portion of a wall in kids' bedrooms, playroom or arts and crafts room.

Creative shapes inspire creative works
Via MiniMode - 9 Design Hacks for his Room

Make a board even more fun with colorful frames
Via ErinSpain - Playroom interactive chalkboard gallery wall

Final Thoughts
With your new chalkboards and markerboards, you'll want a variety of fun writing tools in lots of different colors. For chalkboards, here are some we like best.

You’ve got choices!
Via lifeprekarious - Best chalkboard lettering tips and tricks

And did you know that jumbo-sized crayons write really well on markerboards? Biggest benefit: They don't dry out. Simply use a small piece of dry terrycloth to wipe clean. A few big-name brands sell crayons specifically for markerboards, but any crayon works just as well.

Read tips on keeping your chalkboards clean here and your marker boards here without harsh chemicals.

We hope you have as much fun creating chalkboard and markerboard projects as we had sharing them. And leave a comment below so we know! Questions and tips welcome too.

Or share your completed projects on our Share Your Projects page. Simply upload your photos, a short description and any tips you have for your fellow DIYers. Then check back to see if your project gets featured in our Design Gallery

Until next month, happy DIYing!

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