Chalk It Up: Create Your Own Chalkboard Backsplash

Written by: /Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 02:21 AM

A backsplash is a panel added onto the wall behind a stove, sink, or countertop to protect it from splashes. It can be something as simple as plastic or glass, but why settle for something bland and boring when you can liven up your kitchen with a chalkboard you and your kids can enjoy!

Design it with quotes or doodles, or use it to write small reminders or recipes you want to try out.

What You Need:
  • Plywood
  • Measuring Tape
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper (Medium and Fine Texture)
  • Putty
  • Putty Knife
  • Blackboard Paint (If you don’t have this, check out our DIY tutorial below)


What You Need To Do:

1. Measure the wall upon which you will place the chalkboard. Use plywood and saw to the size that will fit tightly your kitchen wall. It’s best to have a carpenter to help you out with this 

2. Prepare the wood by smoothening it with sandpaper. Note: there are different textures in using the right sanding paper. For woodworking, it is best to use medium sandpapers (graded 80-120).

3. Using a putty knife, apply putty to smoothen the surface. Leave it overnight for at least 24 hours or until it hardens. 

4. Once it’s completely dry, smoothen the surface again with sanding paper. Use fine sandpaper (graded 150-180). 

5. Apply blackboard paint and let it dry for at least 24 hours. If you’re unable to get a hold of blackboard paint, you can follow our DIY tutorial on how to make your own.

6. Season your board. It’s important to season the board before using it to prevent ghosting or shadowing, which refers to the faint imprints left by chalk writing. To season a chalkboard, lightly rub chalk along the surface, using the edge rather than the tip, and then wipe it off with a rag or chalkboard brush.​

7. Time to have some fun! Design your backsplash with words or doodles, then attach it to the wall using Velcro. You can detach it whenever you want to erase or add drawings; just remember to put a tab or a small handle that will allow you to pull it easily.

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup acrylic paint
  • 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (available at hardware/home improvement stores)
  • Mixing cup or bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paint brush

What You Need To Do:

1. Measure out your paint and grout, then combine them in a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until the lumps disappear. (Work in a well ventilated areas as the unsanded grout is a fine powder.)

2. Get a brush and paint the surface of your wooden board with the chalkboard paint. Mix only what you need for the moment as the mixture hardens quickly.

3. Let the paint fully dry (this will take at least 24 hours, depending on weather in your place) before seasoning the board. 

Next: Need more ideas on how to liven up your home? Read up on our article on creating the perfect palette. ->

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