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DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

I love old windows, I will usually pick them up anytime I see them.  But when I found broken windows it used to put a kink in my plans until I figured out what to do with them…turn them into a chalkboard!  I have a complete tutorial below of this old window turned chalkboard.
DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

What you will need:

  1. Old Window
  2. hammer
  3. Chalkboard Paint
  4. 1/4 inch MDF
  5. Silicone
  6. White Chalk
  7. Wood Lettering (available in my Etsy Shop)

As you can see in the corner this window is broken.

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

To finish breaking out the glass I hold my window over the garbage can and hit the glass with a hammer until it breaks.  After the glass is broken out clean the edges out of remaining glass.  You window should be glass free now!

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

Next cut your MDF down to size.  Measure the back side of your window from inside edge to inside edge to get your measurements.

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

After your MDF is cut it is time to pull out your chalkboard paint.  I used this chalkboard spray paint found here:

It took 2 coats to fully cover the MDF

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

After your chalkboard paint is dried it is time to add it to your window!  Place it into the back for your window and run a bead of clear silicon all around the back edges to hold in the chalkboard.  You can buy the silicone here:

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

Once the silicone is dry use the side of your chalk and rub it all over your chalkboard.

Doing this will make it so if you decided to write on it with chalk in the future it will not be embedded in your chalkboard paint!

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

After you have rubbed chalk all over your chalkboard it should look like this.  Now take a cloth and wipe it off and it is ready to be written on!

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

If you are like me and don’t have the best handwriting you can buy my wood lettering here.  I use hot glue to attach it to the chalkboard.


DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

And there you have an old window turned chalkboard …. and of course a beautiful sign for your home!!

DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard

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  • Susan Britton

    I love transforming old window frames. Your DIY for a blackboard sign turned out great. I also like your rustic frames. I decorated a window using blue marbles from the dollar store and it is a focal point on my balcony divider wall.

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