DIY Chalkboard Paint Bulletin Board

Hey friends! Hope you had a fabulous Father’s Day weekend!

I wrote this post for The Girl Creative a couple weeks back, but it’s so great for this time of year, I thought I’d share it here too!

Most kid’s are out for the summer or will  be very soon, but it’s never too late to start to prepare for the fall!  School, sports and most church activities resume in the fall, so I updated an old cork board with some chalkboard paint, with that in mind.

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We aren’t waiting till then to start using it!  This board has really helped get my very busy boys organized–at least when it comes to their calendars….their toys and stuff, not so much!

If you have busy kids (and who doesn’t?), you can easily DIY one of these Chalk and Bulletin Boards for yourself, here’s how:


Second hand bulletin/cork board

Chalkboard paint

Acrylic paint

Polyurethane {small can}

Painter’s tape

2 Foam brush {1 small, 1 large}

Washi tape

Foam letter stickers or other stick on embellishments of your choice

How to DIY a Chalk and Bulletin Board:

Step 1: Go to your local thrift shop or garage sale and pick up an old cork/bulletin board and wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

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I scored a 16×20 board at the thrift store for just $2!

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Step 2: Tape the inside rim and using your small foam brush, paint the frame in the acrylic paint.

My board didn’t separate from the frame but if yours does then you can pull them apart and skip the taping!

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This step required two full coats for me.  The paint dries super fast so it was easy to do {I used Apple Barrel paint}!

Step 3: Once the paint is dry, tape the frame so  you can add the chalkboard paint to the cork.

chalkboard paint

This should also take two quick coats more or less.

Step 4: Once the chalkboard paint is dry, rub chalk all over it and wipe it off.  This will condition the paint.

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Step 5: Add a quick coat of polyurethane to the acrylic paint to avoid chips and fading later on.

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Step 6: Add your foam letter embellishments on to the board in your desired style {I used “Thickers” by American Crafts}.

I made sections for where my kid’s most typical actitivies are based; church, school, and sports.

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Step 6: I ‘underlined’ the wording with some red and white washi tape.

Tip: use a level to make sure your line is straight!

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Wasn’t that easy?  With one starting 6th grade,the other Kindergarten, and soccer season, they’re going to be busy guys.  Now they have a place to organize their events and schedules.

They can use chalk to write on it directly, or they can pin flyers and other things on it as well!

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How do you keep your kid’s activities organized?


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  1. says

    I found a very nice bulletin board in the trash this spring and that I’d do a project very similar to yours. I love how you added columns at the top for church, school, and sports. Isn’t it great to be able to turn a thrift store item into something terrific?

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      It is! I love working with something that someone else has disregarded! Thanks so much Paula! XO

  2. Jamie says

    I am thinking of doing this and wondering how easy it is to erase the chalk? does the chalk stay in the grooves of the board?


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