As of late, chalkboards have resurfaced in the world of home decor, where the memory of schooldays’ powdery hands and pants, (and the dreaded fingernail sound), has seemingly been erased by nostalgia. Today’s blog not only revitalizes this pastime writing medium, it elevates it to another level, turning the bleak blackboard into a beautifully boastful “talkboard” to fancily announce eventful and meaningful celebrations in your home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a fancy frame
  • 1/4″ piece of plywood (use the dimensions of your fancy frame to cut)
  • crosscut saw
  • chalkboard paint (black is most formal, but there are many colors available)

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Trace

Remove the cardboard backing from the fancy frame, or measure the dimensions to cut a piece of cardboard as a template. Trace the template onto the plywood. Photo courtesy of

Step 2: Cut

Cut out the traced 1/4″ piece of plywood using your crosscut saw. Wood photo courtesy of Saw available here on

Step 3: Paint

Spray or brush on two coats of chalkboard paint, let dry. Photos courtesy of

Step 4: Insert

Insert the painted 1/4″ panel into the frame and hang! NOTE: Allow paint to cure for 3 days to insure that chalk does not stick.

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