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Easy-to-Make DIY Chalkboard

Make a quick-and-easy chalkboard that you can use outside. Just spray a few coats of chalkboard paint on a plywood board. You'll be writing in no time!  

Menu Chalkboard, Patio Decor

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Painter’s tape
  • 4-in roller
  • Sandpaper
  • Wax candle
  • Craft knife


  • Primer
  • ½-in x 2-ft x 4-ft birch plywood #6200 (Actual .47-in x 1.98-ft x 3.98-ft)
  • 1-8 oz. sample Valspar Hacienda Tile 2010-4, #94101
  • 1-8 oz. sample Valspar Clove Bud 2004-5B, #94101
  • 1-Qt Valspar Chalkboard Enamel, #203261
  • Lehigh 3/8-in x 50-ft sisal rope, #91330

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Step 1

Cut ½-in × 2-ft × 4-ft plywood (#6200) into 2-ft sections. Prime one ½-in × 2-ft × 2-ft section. Let dry. Sand with fine-grit sand paper and wipe clean.

Step 2

Using a 4-in roller, paint the front, back, and sides of the board with chalkboard paint (#203261). Apply three thin coats. Allow each coat to dry completely before painting the next coat. (Follow manufacture recommendations for drying times.)

Step 3

Using a T-square or a straightedge, measure 7 in of the painted portion of the front of the board. Tape off the vertical line with painter's tape.

Step 4

Paint the 7-in taped-off portion on the front of the board with Hacienda Tile (#94101, 2010-4). Allow to dry. For an aged look, rub a wax candle vertically over the Hacienda Tile section. Paint over with one coat of Clove Bud (#94101, 2004-5B). Let dry. Sand vertically with medium-grit sandpaper to expose Hacienda Tile. Wipe clean.

Step 5

Salud chalkboard

Choose a font and size for the "Salud" stencil. The font size should allow the letters to fill the painted portion, leaving 1 in on the top, bottom, and both sides. (We used Braggadocio.) Print letters. Tape clear stencil plastic over letters; cut out with a craft knife. Arrange stencils on chalkboard. One letter at a time, fill in stencils with thin layers of chalkboard paint. Allow each layer to dry completely before painting the next.

On top edge of board, pre-drill holes for screw eyes. Attach. Tie a piece of sisal rope to the screw eyes for hanging.