Toddler Chalkboard

This was my very first woodworking project. It took me longer than it should have due to my unfamiliarity with power tools. Overall I would say that this project is a pretty easy build. The plans were clear, and I only made a few changes/additions. I increased the overall height of the chalkboard by 4" and attached the back legs with a hinge rather than screwing straight into the back of the chalkboard.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$60 for lumber and finishing materials
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
I used spray paint for the tray and body of the chalkboard and used a can of chalkboard paint applied by brush for the chalkboard itself. I noticed that it was difficult to get even coverage with the spray paint, and the paint would soak into some parts of the wood and the grain would show through.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Sun, 08/26/2012 - 04:00

This really came out nice and welcome to the community. Love the idea of the hinges; smart idea! If you painted directly onto bare wood, without applying primer first, that would be a cause of the paint not taking evenly. The bare wood can be like a sponge so primer helps with it adhering to the wood.


Tue, 08/28/2012 - 22:53

Thank you spiceylg for the help. I should have applied primer first, but the spray paint I used said that no primer was necessary. After the first coat didn't take I should have went back and applied a primer coat.