Decorating with Chalkboards

My mama kept a chalkboard in our kitchen when I was a child – we used it for shopping lists and spelling words and reminders. My dad taught my sister and I how to play softball by drawing diagrams on that chalkboard when I was in the third grade.

Who knew that my mom was absolutely ahead of her time when it came to decorating her house with chalkboards. For awhile I thought white boards were the wave of the future, but as usual, mama knew best.

Mr. Right and I are trying to carry the tradition to our own house by decorating with chalkboards. So far I have one in my laundry room:

And we’re pinching our pennies until we can turn this frame into a giant chalkboard/menu in our dining room. We tried to do it ourselves with plywood but it’s just too big, so we’ll be taking her to be professionally done at our local framing store. Soon. Until then it’s backed with burlap and I occasionally hang seasonal bunting on it to add a little color.

Until then, I continue to be inspired by some gorgeous DIY chalkboards I found online. (click on each picture to be taken to the original source)

Our marriage mentors have one of these in their kitchen that they post bible verses and prayer requests on. What a sweet way to keep the family on the same prayer page.

Or how about some chalkboard place mats?

A weekly menu (ps- don’t you love those green shelves?).

Chalkboards + bunting = bliss.

And then there’s this great endcap to a kitchen cabinet – perfect height for littles ones to enjoy. The second one is even cuter since it’s framed out.

 What about you? Have you found a unique way to use a chalkboard in your home or office? I’d love to hear about it.


    1. Cindy, you should totally do it! Be sure you don’t paint over a textured wall, though – otherwise the chalk writing will look a little funky. PS–Thanks for reading! :O)


  1. I adore chalkboards. They were used throughout our wedding reception. (We even had chalkboard chargers at every place setting)! Unfortunately my husband does not share the same affinity for chalkboards, so I have had to tone down mu use of chalkboards when decorating 😉


    1. Ashleigh, I love the idea of chalkboard chargers! I’m still interested in buying 8 if you’re in the market to sell any. Or, you know, trade for a pillow or something. 🙂


      1. Oh Bethe! I would never sell them to you! They are plastic, dollar store chargers painted with chalkboard spray paint! I’m happy to give you 8. I’d love to trade for a Texas Lovely, but I’m pretty certain I would come out ahead 😉


        1. Well, I’ll at least need to give you a print as a thank you! Maybe we could meet up for lunch and do a little exchange sometime soon? I’ll email you next week to find a date that works on your calendar. Have a great day, married lady!


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