Kitchen Chalkboard Projects

Chalkboards aren't just for the classroom anymore. These kitchen chalkboard projects are both useful (as message boards) and fun (as an at-the-ready canvas for little artists).

Make your kitchen work harder for you by adding a chalkboard to the wall, cabinets, or even appliances. Having an erasable surface makes jotting down grocery lists or reminders a breeze, plus it keeps the kids busy while you prepare dinner. With chalkboard paint as an emerging trend, making these chalkboard surfaces is easier than you think. Get inspired by the kitchens below, which show how clever you can get with a chalkboard in the kitchen. 

Refrigerator Chalkboard

Turn your refrigerator into a kitchen chalkboard message center.

To get this look cut wood panels to fit your refrigerator front, and paint them with chalkboard spray paint. Mount the panels on your refrigerator doors. This homeowner was able to remove the old stainless-steel panels from the refrigerator and replace them with the chalkboard-painted wood panels.

Hidden Chalkboard

If you want to add a chalkboard to your kitchen but don't want to display a black slate, turn the inside of a cabinet door into a chalkboard instead.

Purchase a chalkboard to fit inside a cabinet door, or cut a piece of thin wood to size and coat it with chalkboard spray paint. Mount the chalkboard panel inside your cabinet door for an easily accessible but discreet message center.

Editor's Tip: Use this trick for a kid-friendly chalkboard treatment that disappears when not in use. Cut and mount the chalkboard panel on the inside of a lower cabinet door. Make sure to choose a cabinet away from kitchen traffic that holds kid-safe supplies, such as cookbooks or even toys and games for the kids.

Kid-Level Chalkboard Display

Keep little ones occupied while you work in the kitchen with a just-their-height chalkboard. You can cover a section of a wall with chalkboard spray paint, or spray-paint a thin wood panel, place it in a frame, and hang it on the wall. Here, trimwork around the chalkboard panel acts as a frame for you kids' masterpieces.

Editor's Tip: Use magnetic primer with the chalkboard paint to make the panel double as a spot for magnetic letters, animals, and other kid-pleasing magnetic toys.

Magnetic Chalkboard

Place a message center near your back door for a convenient place to post reminders. To make a magnetic board, first coat the board with a magnetic primer following the manufacturer's instructions. Then finish with the recommended number of chalkboard spray paint coats. For a finished look, trim the board with narrow strips of wood in white or another contrasting color.

Chalkboard Menu

Use the wall above your kitchen peninsula or other wall space as a menu chalkboard. Here, custom moldings encase the chalkboard. To create your own DIY version, start with an ornate mirror or frame. Paint, stain, or refinish the frame to match your kitchen's design style. Place a chalkboard panel, cut to size, inside the frame and hang on the wall.

Cabinetry Panels

Dress up plain cabinets or drawer fronts with chalkboard inserts. Cabinets near your pantry or front entry are the perfect place to have a chalkboard for notes, reminders, family schedules, or grocery lists. Placing the message center on cabinet doors means the storage spot works twice as hard.

Learn how to make chalkboard cabinet doors.

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