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DIY Kitchen Chalkboard

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Convert the insides of your kitchen cupboards into chalkboards or whiteboards to write yourself cooking notes, add baking equivalents, hang measuring cups and spoons and more! This simple DIY project costs less than $5 and takes about 15 minutes.

DIY Kitchen Chalkboard

I’m going to preface this project by reminding you that you’ll want to do this outdoors because of the fumes and the potential overspray staining items in your home.

You’ll Need:
Painters Tape
1 Can Chalkboard Paint or a Batch of Homemade Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint can be found at any hardware or big box store, such as Walmart. It will be located in the paint/housewares section and usually costs just around $5 per can.

Remove the cupboard doors you wish to transform and lightly sand the inside, just enough to remove the varnish. Wipe it down very well to get any and all excess dust off the cabinet door. Carefully tape the edges to prevent overspray.

Shake the can well and spray the doors, about 8-10 inches away with an even sweeping motion until completely covered.


Let them dry (for the length of time suggested on the can of paint).

Once they have completely dried, gently remove the painters’ tape. Reattach the doors to the cupboards and write whatever you like. Here’s a tip for writing “cleanly”, sharpen a stick of chalk in an old cheapie pencil sharpener. It works wonders!


If you’d like to hang measuring cups and spoons, you can use 3M Clear Instant stick tabs as we’ve done here. It’s a great use of space and prevents me from having to dig through drawers to search for a measuring cup.



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11 thoughts on “DIY Kitchen Chalkboard”

  1. i found three paned glass windows buried (literally) in the dirt floor of my little barn when i moved in to my home. i saved them a i thought they were beautiful with the weathered wood and old glass. hubby thought i was nuts 🙂 i turned two into window screens to use in place of curtains with “stained glass” by using colored tissue paper and polyurethane on the glass and the third i used chalkboard paint.

    they all hang in my kitchen and i love them! they get plenty of compliments and the chalkboard version that decorates my one large empty wall is a blessing in being an organized place to write notes to each other, jot reminders, recipes, menus, shopping lists and kids chores…

  2. i made my pantry door into a chalk board. i write recipes, grocery list, birthday shout outs, quotes, and reminders. i get compliments from so many that want to do the same.

  3. what a great idea. i am thinking about painting part of a wall in my kitchen to serve as a place to jot down grocery items we have run out of, and recipes i am making, and to display my collection of refrigerator magnets.

  4. I’m doing this glad I found it before I finished the kitchen doors are already off getting new pulls so doing this before I rehang them :party1:


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