How to Make a Schoolhouse Chalkboard

Today I'm creating an old schoolhouse reproduction.

I love chalkboards and I love vintage...

Today they came together in an old school
house reproduction. 

Like the roll-up maps of olden days, this chalkboard can be folded up and stored away.

I cut off a piece of an old roller shade then sanded it to give it character and something for the paint to hold onto. 

Next I painted the shade with chalkboard paint. 

I sandwiched the shade between distressed and stained boards on both the front and back for durability.

The distressed chalkboard and the weathered wood gives this chalkboard a uniquely vintage feel.

The best part is that you can remove it from the wall, roll it up, and store it away when not in use. 


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. Susan that's a beauty and so clever to use the roller shade. Love your new profile pic too!

  2. Really great idea to roll it up and tuck it away! My boys would love this!


  3. Hi, I just popped over from Monday Funday, i love this idea might have to give it a go myself.

  4. This is such an awesome idea! I love old school chalkboards like this! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  5. love this idea Susan! Old roller shade... haven't seen one in years. :)

    fun project!

  6. Very innovative! It looks amazing!

  7. I LOVE this...such a fun idea and cool look :)


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