DIY Bead Board Chalkboard for List-Making

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Upgrader

craftRECYCLED logoDIY Chalkboard

I spotted this very cool, handmade bead board chalkboard at a local coffee roaster. They use theirs to keep track of vendors, but you could use it for any list-making that you want! The ridges in the bead board are perfect for keeping your writing in line. (In line! Get it?)

DIY Bead Board Chalkboard


  • Bead board, cut to whatever size you need
  • Medium grain sand paper
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 2 short wood screws
  • Picture hanging wire


  1. Use your sand paper to sand down the rough edges of your bead board.
  2. Grab your chalkboard paint and brush, and go to town! It will probably take 2-3 coats to get a nice, even surface. The trick with painting bead board is getting into those nooks and crannies with the brush. I use a stabbing motion to get at those hard-to-reach places when I’m painting bead board. Let it dry completely.
  3. About 1/3 of the way from the top of your bead board, screw in a wood screw on either side of your bead board. Wrap the picture wire around the back of each screw, and use the wire to hang it from the wall.

Sourcing Bead Board

If you buy the bead board new, this isn’t really an eco-friendly project. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can track down scrap bead board to use instead.

  • Check out your local Re-Store. The Habitat for Humanity Re-Store takes in all sorts of odds and ends from home improvement and construction projects. You’ve got a really good chance of finding a piece of bead board there.
  • Freecycle. Freecycle is a great resource for finding all sorts of items to repurpose, and bead board is no exception. Find your local Freecycle group, and send a wanted message!
  • Professional reclaimers. You can also look for companies like Barnwood Designs that specialize in reclaimed wood.

Have you guys done any fun projects with upcycled bead board or other found wood? I’d love to hear what you’re making in the comments!

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