Chalkboard Message Board

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Have you ever had a workman coming to fix something and you don’t want to miss them because you are taking your kids to the bus, want to jump in the shower, etc? Make a message board for your front porch or door.

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I don’t know how many of you have had this happen, but I seem to get the 8am window for a delivery, workman, etc. I am always trying to decide what to do about taking the kids to the bus, jumping in the shower, walking on the treadmill (can’t hear the doorbell), etc. So I created this chalkboard sign to help leave messages while I get some of those things done. I can also use this sign to greet friends and leave holiday wishes when it’s not in use for a message.

Materials Needed:

Tray – mine came from the Dollar Tree

Folk Art Chalkboard Paint and Paint Brushes

Photo Stand, magnets, or something to hang your sign


First step is to follow the directions on your paint and paint your tray. After you let it dry the amount of time specified, season your board with chalk. This means to cover your board with chalk all over then erase it. This step is important as if you don’t do this your words will not erase entirely. You can see how to season on my other post here:

Upcycled TV Trays – I Had No Idea on the Family Fun They’d Become!

I opted for a photo stand which I got at the Dollar Tree as my chalkboard sits on my plant stand on my front porch. When I’m using it for a message, I move the tray in front of the door on the ground. I am thinking about gluing a ribbon on the back of it so I can hang it on my door when needed.

Add any variety of messages –

Took my kids to the bus, be right back.

In the shower, be right there.

In the backyard, please come around back.

Sorry, had to go please leave package in the milk box.

On the treadmill and can’t hear the doorbell – please call my cell.

I’m thinking of making a second one to be a “reminder board” in the house for the kids (okay and maybe me too). Don’t forget your lunch, etc.

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  1. Oh my goodness, I love this! I am always having to hand write notes and tape them to the door! This is SO much better, and I would have never thought of it!

    1. Thank you so very much Pam. I liked the idea of the chalkboard so I could potentially be a little more Eco friendly.

  2. This is such a cute and fun idea. I’m definitely going to try this. I luv working with chalkboards!! Pinned. I’d luv to invite you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday, which runs thru Mondays! Best, Ann

    1. Thank you Ann and I’m excited you want to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by, the Pin, and the invite. I’ll be sure to stop by 🙂

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