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Super-Size Chalkboard Decoration

Turn this giant chalkboard into a canvas for artwork, a data center for family messages or a calendar. Tintable chalkboard paint lets you customize the color.

Calendar chalked onto a panel framed with moulding.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw or handsaw
  • Pneumatic brad nailer (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Caulking gun
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 3/4-inch finishing nails
  • Liquid Nails interior projects construction adhesive, #160329


  • 3/16 x 4 x 8 hardboard panel
  • 2 - .6875 x 2.5 x 8 composite boards
  • 4 - 2.75-in square MDF rosettes, #243340
  • 18-in Hangman picture-hanging system, #56378 (optional)
  • Valspar interior latex primer, 32 oz
  • Valspar tintable chalkboard paint, 29 oz, Ocean Soul, #5009-9

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Step 1

From the hardboard panel, cut a piece 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall. Sand the panel with 220-grit sandpaper just enough to remove the sheen.

Good to Know

The factory surface of hardboard can be too slick for paint to stick, even when using primer. A light sanding adds enough texture for primer and paint to grip the surface. Otherwise, running chalk across the finished panel may chip the paint.

Step 2

Adhere and clamp a rosette at each corner of the panel and let cure.

Step 3

Measure between the rosettes on the sides and cut the composite boards to length. Adhere and clamp the boards in place and let cure.

Good to Know

If you have a pneumatic brad nailer, reinforce the adhesive with 3/4-in brads. Hardboard can be difficult to nail through by hand.

Step 4

Prime the assembled panel and let dry. Then apply at least two coats of chalkboard paint.

Good to Know

If you use a roller for the flat panel, choose one with the shortest available nap for less surface texture. A smooth surface will be easier to write on with chalk than a textured surface.

Step 5

Chalkboard with a calendar.

If you need help creating a holiday fireplace design like the one shown, download the Fireplace Drawing Guide and follow the general shapes and dimensions to reproduce the pattern. You can substitute the design of your choice or use the chalkboard as a calendar.

Step 6

If you choose to hang the chalkboard, drill pilot holes and install a Hangman bracket at the top. Screw the second bracket to the wall where you’ll hang it using wall anchors as needed.

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