I really wanted to add a chalkboard to my dining room, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. When shopping at some of my favorite stores, chalkboards ranged from $100-200.00. I was at the paint department at HomeDepot one day and came across chalkboard paint. So, instead I decided to save myself money and make my own! For my actual board, I used mdf. The surface and edges of mdf are very smooth and there's also no wood grain. The size of my chalkboard is 2x4 and 3/4 inch deep. The cost for a board that size was around $10.00. Before painting my board, I attached my hanging hardware to the back so that I wouldn't scratch the chalkboard finish when it was complete. Directions on how to paint the chalkboard come with the paint. I used a paint roller to apply my finish.
I am still waiting on the right kitchen/food saying to put on my chalkboard, but for now I like "menu". You can also use this for holidays and seasonal greetings as well as your menu for a dinner party. It was such an easy project and I really love what it added to my dining room. I decided to keep my chalkboard simple, but you could always add a frame to yours or cut the board into a shape.