Hello once again The Girl Creative readers, it’s Barbara from Chase the Star! I worked on a new project for my kid’s room, so I thought I’d share it with you here; a DIY Chalk and Bulletin Board.

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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? 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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What have you used chalkboard paint for lately?

See you guys again next time! In the meantime, stop by and see me at Chase the Star, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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  1. Really love this Barbara!! pinned and would also love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday that runs till Thursday

    Natasha @ Serenity You

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