Headboard to Chalkboard

Hey there, amazing Friends! I just have to say…I have the nicest readers ever! Thank you so much for all the super encouraging comments on Jack’s shelf makeover I shared on Tuesday. He totally loved it, and it made him feel so proud. Now he’s excited to get searching for his next makeover! (And I’m excited that he’s excited about creating…so thank you!!)

Today I’m sharing one of my own makeovers…

I picked up this headboard at the thrift store for $10 a month or so ago:

The bottom right side was damaged and had been glued back together, but I knew I would be cutting that part off anyway.

This month’s Get Your DIY On theme is Chalkboards and I thought this would make the perfect candidate for a chalkboard:

Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Don’t you think?

Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

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I cut the legs off using my miter saw first, then sanded the parts where I cut, smooth.

I painted the chalkboard portion using Rustoleum’s Chalkboard Spray Paint. Then I went ahead and “seasoned” the chalkboard by covering the entire surface with chalk and wiping it off.

Next I carefully painted the frame in a 50/50 mix of Behr’s Gray Morning and Ultra Pure White, which I had made into DIY Chalk paint.


Because the original finish was really light, I chose to dry brush white over the blue for a little dimension, then followed with just a little sanding to distress.

Dry Brush white paint for a costal feel.

I added a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal it.

Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I added  hanging hooks to add a little more function. They started black, but I spray painted them white with Rustoleum’s Flat White Primer, then with Rustoleum’s Satin White Spray Paint:


Then I took some sand paper to them…

Add hooks to a chalkboard to add even more function!


Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It looks cute here above my $15 yard sale Rolling Kitchen Cart I redid a couple of years ago. Oh how I wish I had more wall space!


Love this faux lavender from Hobby Lobby in my $2 estate sale pitcher.



Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

My crafty Get Your DIY On cohosts are sharing thrifty and creative chalkboard projects today too!

DIY Chalkboard Projects


Chalkboard Backdrop for Wreath from April at House by Hoff

Free Summer Chalkboard Printable from Krista at The Happy Housie

Wishful Chalkboard Tray from Mandy at The Hankful House

DIY Chalkboards Galore from Nancy At Artsy Chicks Rule

Bloggers come share your DIY chalkboard ideas this Sunday at 7:00 pm EST. The party stays open for ten days, then we’ll share our favorites!


I love to be inspired, don’t you??

Thanks for visiting, ya’ll and seriously…thank you again for encouraging Jack!!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing this little beauty:


See you then! 🙂

UPDATE: Check it out now HERE!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Love the chalk board, I wish I had a wall space for that too. Thanks for the great inspiration and for teaching Jack to be as creative as you. Looking forward to more great stuff from both of you.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Mary! I REALLY want to keep this one ha ha. I was just trying to keep Jack busy this Summer, but I think it agrees with him…and me! 🙂

  2. Christina in FL says:

    GREAT conversion Christy!! You took what looked like a sad headstone and turned it into a wonderful information center. 🙂 Rock on!!

  3. Another awesome project! Someone will fall in love with this quickly when they see it in your shop.

  4. Great flip on the headboard! Yeah I know what you mean by wanting more wall space…sigh.

  5. Marcie Lovett says:

    The only redeeming feature I see on the before is the floral spray. You have an eye, Christy! That sad headboard must be so happy you took a saw and paintbrush to it.

  6. Angelia says:

    Simply beautiful. Plus, I had no idea you could paint the chalkboard paint right on the wood!
    You and Jack create works of art!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Angelia! This surface was pretty smooth, so luckily it took the chalkboard paint pretty well! 🙂

  7. Fantastic upcycle, Christy!! This would be an amazing features in a command central area!!

  8. Jackie C says:

    I love how you cover every small detail, including where the lavender came from, coz I was wondering that exact thing. Boom, there it is! You’re the best girl! Thanks!

    • Christy says:

      I’m glad I covered that for ya, Jackie! I really do love that lavender. I bought it at half off on sale and I that is about $18 worth. 😊

  9. I love this big chalkboard with hooks. It is so practical. Very nice job as usual.

  10. Chris Savage says:

    Your projects are so inspirational to me!!! My heart races as I open your emails to see what’s there! I have learned so much from you! So nice your son has the rehab bug! My daughter never was interested in any of my “crafts” until now. She is all grown up, has an apartment of her own, has a very limited teacher salary budget, and the bug to make her space her own! Thank you for sharing all your talents!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks you so much, Chris! Your thoughtful words totally made my day!! We’ll see how long this lasts with my son lol. I’m loving it while it does! XOXO

  11. You always impress me with your finds Christy!! This is great!!

  12. Kristen says:

    That looks adorable! I love all of your projects and find some much inspiration here. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks. I was wondering what you used on the back of this chalkboard to mount it?
    Thank you,

  13. Hi,
    I’m wondering what kind of sprayer you use?


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