How to Make Vintage Ruler Chalkboards

These cute little chalkboards are created with old rulers, 

Roller shade chalkboard DIY

an old vinyl roller shade, and DecoArt Americana Chalkboard Paint

I created a large chalkboard a while back and it's been hanging in my kitchen for years... I love it!

Roller shade chalkboard DIY

Roller shade chalkboard DIY

This time I'm making a couple of smaller chalkboards.
I started by cutting the window shade vinyl in 1 foot pieces
and painting them with DecoArt chalkboard paint.
I attached old rulers on the front and scrap wood on the back. The shade and a length of jute for the hanger are sandwiched between the wood.  

Wood glue and small tacks secured the painted shade between the layers of wood.

Roller shade chalkboard DIY

Roller shade chalkboard DIY

The DecoArt chalkboard paint goes on smoothly and covers in just 2 coats.  I love this paint and can't wait to use it again!


Besides their great vintage look, 
the best part of these chalkboards is that they can roll up 
and easily store away when you are not using them.

a try on your next chalkboard project!

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  1. Another great idea! You just keep them coming!

  2. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! Really, you blow my mind with your inventions!


  3. Wow! You and Carlene (above) are like "idea factories"! LOL! I need to get some of that paint and try this one because I have lots of old yardsticks and rulers. I think this would make a great gift too! Thank you for the idea and directions.

  4. I love this idea, so cute!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  5. How cute! The ideas you come up with are amazing :-)


  6. I really love this idea! Another one i may have to steal from you!! I have SO MUCH chalkboard paint (bout about 10 times more than i needed for my chalkboard wall in my kitchen a couple of years ago...I'll NEVER run out).

  7. Love these! Such a great idea!


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