This DIY chalkboard is easy to make. There are a million uses for it, too. Write seasonal greetings, display the menu at a wedding reception, guide guests to your backyard when you’re having a cookout, write a family to-do list, or let the kids have fun drawing pictures on it!
For this project, we could use chalkboard paint to create the chalkboard surface. But instead we’re going to save a step by purchasing MDF boards that already have the chalkboard surface applied. Having chalkboard MDF for sale might be one of The Home Depot’s best kept secrets!
- 4 — 1 x 3 x 8 boards
- 1-in. wood screws
- 3-in. narrow utility hinge (2 pack)
- 2 — 2’ x 4’ MDF black chalk boards
- 3-in. cabinet pull (This to serve as a chalk holder, so choose one shaped similarly to the one you see in this tutorial.)
- 1 foot of jack chain
Cut the four boards to 4’6” lengths (four pieces) and 18 ¾” (four pieces). Sand any rough edges. Assemble each side face down, edges flushed, and fasten all four corners. Add four or more screws along each of four sides, evenly distributed.
Once both sides are assembled, square both sides face down and fasten the hinges 4 inches from either corner.
Attach the cabinet pull to be a chalk holder. Drill holes for the cabinet pull and attach to the top board using the hardware provided.
Attach a piece of jack chain to connect the two boards to keep it from collapsing.