How To Make Your Own Chalkboard and Magnetic Board for Your Kitchen

chalkboard and magnetic board cover

Several years ago I added a chalkboard and magnetic board to one of my kitchen walls. Even though it has been several years since we made this, I thought you may be interested in how to go about making your own.

chalkboard and magnetic board before

Although my kitchen is rather small and I have very little wall space, I found a little spot where this would work. I designed it and my husband helped me with the construction.

todd construction chalkboard and magnetic boardMy husband is such a good sport at helping me with these projects. We make a great team! I design and he gets out the tools and does his magic. I love this guy. He is a keeper!

chalkboard and magnetic board after

This chalkboard and magnetic board have been a good thing! I love having a space where I can jot down notes, reminders, and positive quotes in my kitchen. Another good thing about this magnetic board is that I’m able to get the clutter off my refrigerator doors.

Here are a few photos of my boards. As you can see, I’ve painted the walls white since the original photos.

chalkboard and magnetic board menu planner

I hang my trusty CLIPBOARD CALENDAR and MENU PLANNER on the magnetic board.

These large magnetic clips are the BEST! As you can see I like to clip magazine recipes that I want to try on a clip as well. I keep a little box of colored chalk and chalkboard markers handy for notes.

Chalkboard and Magnetic Board Materials & Items Needed

  • ¼ inch hardboard cut to the desired size
  • Primer paint
  • Saw for cutting boards
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Screws/screwdriver
  • Trim
  • Paneling glue (optional)
  • Galvanized sheet metal (you can find this in the heating & ventilation section of home improvement stores).
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush/paint roller (optional)
chalkboard and magnetic board cover

Chalkboard and Magnetic Board Instructions

1- Decide how big you want to make the boards.

I have designed the boards to be side by side. You could just do a chalkboard or just a magnetic board singly if you wanted. We cut the hardboard big enough for both and just painted half the board.

2- Prime and paint the side you are using for a chalkboard.

Let it dry and then paint using CHALKBOARD PAINT. (Follow instructions for the paint). We used a little MINI PAINT ROLLER to apply the paint.

3- Glue the hardboard to the wall.

Use paneling glue to adhere the board to the wall. You can just set it in place with trim. We did both.

4-Apply the sheet metal using glue.

To separate the chalkboard and magnetic board, glue a narrow piece of trim down the middle.

5- Fill screw hole and paint trim

If you have screw or nail holes on the trim of the chalkboard and magnetic board, fill them and paint the trim.

That’s it! This is a doable DIY home project that is well worth the effort.


If you have any questions about the process, send me a note or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.





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DIY Fabric Window Treatment

Add some pizzazz and color to any room by making your own window treatment. This is a fun and easy project that even a beginner seamstress can handle.

A few years back we remodeled our home and added some space onto the back. One of the things we added was a new laundry room. I am a total light freak and love the lighting in this room, and I love that I don’t have to go into the dreary basement anymore to do laundry.

There are two windows in the corner of my laundry room and in my door. I wanted to add some color to the crisp white planked walls with some kind of window treatment.

At first, I thought about making roman blinds for these windows. I have made them before and they are kinda fun to make, but I am into EASY these days, and a roman blind looks like this when it is pulled up anyway. Why should I waste the fabric yardage, my time, and any frustration that may come along with a more intense project such as a pleated roman blind?

This window treatment works really well for windows that are inset, meaning they are not flush with the interior walls.

Here is a picture of the laundry room before the window treatment.


Look at what a LITTLE fabric and a LITTLE bit of time can do!

While I was sewing I thought I would take some photos and share with you how QUICK and EASY this was to make up.

What you will need for this easy DIY window treatment:

  • FABRIC  (measuring instructions below) I used a duck cloth piece of fabric for this window, which is a little like canvas. Any woven fabric will work. If it is a thinner, lightweight fabric you may want to use a piece of interfacing to give it some structure.
  • a piece of wood trim measuring 3/4 x 1/2 inch x window width. (measuring instructions below)
  • drill
  • 1 5/8 inch screws
  • 7/16 inch dowel the width of your treatment (optional)
  • staple gun or glue adhesive
  • rotary cutter or scissors
  • safety pins (optional)

How to measure fabric:

Measure the INSIDE MOUNT width of the window and ADD 1 INCH for seam allowance.

Then decide how long you want the valance to hang down and double that amount then ADD 1 1/2 inches. Mine hangs down 10 inches. So I cut my fabric 21 1/2 inches.

Cutting Out:

Cut out the fabric using a rotary cutter or scissors.

*TIP: use a safety pin to mark the edges of the fabric that are the WINDOW WIDTH measurements. I suggest this because it can be real easy to get these mixed up especially if you have a square window.


Fold the fabric with Right Sides Together with the WIDTH of the fabric at the top. (safety pins should be at the top)

Sew the side seams using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Clip the bottom corners.

Turn and Press:

Turn the fabric inside out and press the edges out real smooth.

Hold the fabric up and if you feel it hangs nicely you can move on. If you find it doesn’t hang flat you can either stiffen it up a bit using some iron-on interfacing or use the method below using a small dowel.

*TIP: If you are using a lightweight fabric, you can insert a small dowel (7/16) cut the width minus about a 1/4 inch into the bottom of the valance.  This will give it some weight to hang down straight instead of being limp.

Finish the top edge to prevent fraying with a serger, or on a regular machine just use a zigzag stitch.

Board Preparation:

You will need to drill some holes in the wood strip before applying the fabric. Measure about 3 1/2 -4 inches from the edges and one hole in the center.  If your window is pretty wide, you may need a few more holes to secure the wood strip tightly to the top of the window casing. If you have a countersinking tool, that works great, if not, no biggie.

The holes that you drill should coincide with the screws you are using.

Applying the fabric to the wood strip:


Line up the top edge of the fabric with the edge of the wood strip and make sure the fabric is also lined up with the side edge of the wood or else the wood will show.

Hold securely in place while you staple it using a staple gun. If you do not have a staple gun, you can secure in place using a good adhesive and some clamps to hold in place while it dries.

You may need to use a hammer to flatten any stubborn staples that didn’t get stapled flat.

Inserting the window treatment to the window casing:

Get a drill and 1 5/8 inch screws handy.

The wood strip and fabric should fit snug against the edges of your casing. You may want some help doing this part if you have a wide window.

Fold the fabric up while you, or someone else, screws in the screws. (Keep the wood strip flush with the wall edges).

Tadah! Gotta love it, baby.

What a fun way to add some pizzazz to any room.

non-toxic laundry room

Want a tour of my laundry room? Check out this post.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun sewing!





5 DIY Easter Projects

I know there is ONLY one week until Easter, but perhaps you will have some time this week to set aside and make a little something fun for the holiday. Here are 5 DIY Easter projects to consider.

Easter crafts


Natural Easter Egg Dye

Don’t you just love the rich vibrant colors of these eggs? The most exciting part is that they are dyed with natural stuff, items you most likely have in your kitchen. Beets, onions, turmeric, hibiscus, and purple cabbage with a little vinegar.

It will take a little time to make each color, 15 minutes to an hour, but worth the time if you want to go “natural”. I have not yet tried this, but plan on inviting my kids over and assigning each one of them a color to make and bring to our “Colored Easter Egg” get-together. I will let you know how it goes.


Easter crafts

Upcycled Sweater Bunny

This little guy is so fun to make using upcycled sweaters or t-shirts.

Click on the photo to get the link for the pattern.

Easter crafts

I remember making these eggs in school. A fun little project using a little cornstarch, string and a balloon as the mold.

Click on the photo above for the full scoop.

Easter crafts

Paint Chip Garland

I love recycling things, and for some reason, I am drawn to paint sample chips. Who knew you could make something so fun with paint chips?

Get the full scoop HERE.

Easter crafts

Soft Sculpture Carrots

Last, but not least, is my favorite holiday decoration…….soft sculptured carrots. I know I have posted on these before, but just a little reminder of a fun, quick and charming craft to whip up.

These little guys are fun to

  • Give as gifts
  • Glue a magnet on the back of one and place it on your fridge for some bright cheery color
  • Attach a string and a name tag for place settings at your Easter dinner

Here is the link for the FREE pattern and tutorial.

Well, I hope these Easter projects get you into the spring and Easter mood. Have a good one!

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Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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