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Framed Message Board: Friday’s Project #23

A framed chalkboard makes a great message or note board.  (Maggie Bullock)
A framed chalkboard makes a great message or note board. (Maggie Bullock)

This one’s another simple project, but I love the impact and the possibilities: think kid’s room, dorm room, kitchen, or office. Why not use a fun message board to write reminders to yourself or notes to a roommate instead of paper?

You will need:

  • A simple, standard frame with the glass removed
  • masonite
  • chalkboard paint
  1. After removing the glass, but the piece of masonite to size to fit in your frame.
  2. Coat masonite with chalkboard paint. It may take 2-3 coats to cover evenly. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Put your frame back together with the chalkboard masonite piece replacing the glass

This would be a great message board to place outside a dorm room in place of a white board. If you want more color, simply paint the frame prior to putting the pieces back together.


Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at