How to make a chalkboard window

Chalkboard windows are such a great way to add some charm into your home. Old windows can be found at flea markets, thrift stores, and even on the side of the road (like mine!) It’s a quick process to turn them into a chalkboard in just a few simple steps. Learn how to make a chalkboard window with this step by step tutorial.

  1. Clean the window well. Make sure that any debris from the frame is clean. Also be meticulous in cleaning the glass, since it will become your chalkboard surface.
  2. Seal the frame. You can repaint it, or if you find one with chippy paint that you adore, seal it with a spray polyurethane. Let it completely dry before moving to step 3.
  3. Tape off the frame. Use newspaper for the bulk of the frame, and painter’s tape to seal off the wood frame.
  4. Spray on the chalkboard. Chalkboard spray paint is a snap to use. Make sure to use 5-6 thin coats, spraying in a well ventilated area (or outside).
  5. Cure the chalkboard. Let the paint cure for the amount of time noted on the can (usually 24-48 hours), then rub the entire surface with a piece of wet chalk to help set the paint up for easier chalk use.
  6. Hang it up. Enjoy your new chalkboard!
About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I have a small window I picked up recently at a sale just for this purpose. Thanks so much for sharing how you did yours. Please tell me what brand of chalkboard paint you used? BTW your window/chalkboard looks awesome. ♥

  2. Oh I love it! I had a window one time but never found a good place for it! That is SUCH a good idea!! I’ll have to look out for a window and a place to put it! hehehe
    Hugs, Lisa

  3. CUTE! And thank you so much for your sweet comments on my window treatments at Rhoda’s Burlap party!

  4. great project. i have a few old windows i think i may give this a try.

  5. another fab idea with great step-by-step.

    i would like to offer you my treasured blogger award. the html is available toward the bottom of my left column. 🙂

    happy weekend!


  6. Awesome! I have a few old windows that I wanted to do something with. I’m going to do this tomorrow!

  7. I think this is one of the most awesome window re-do’s ever, thanks for sharing because I missed it the first time.
    ♥ Teresa

  8. I absolutely love this idea. How cute! I may try to make one of these myself. Wish me luck, I’m not too crafty!

  9. Very clever, and quite attractive too! I came over for the Pink Saturday Birthday! Have a wonderful weekend, love your blog!

  10. love, love, love it!! You’re so clever!

    Have a super sweet week, Gina!

  11. I love it! I am about to do something similar with an old wooden screen door.

  12. That is the cutest project ever!!! How creative…. 🙂
    Now, where do I find a window???? hahaha

  13. I love it.

  14. I would worry about the glass cracking while being used.

  15. Is it safe to go right over the glass?? I have several of these windows and have thought about turning them into chalk boards but was never sure if the glass and the paint together would make a safe enough surface.

  16. angelicapickles says:

    I have a window frame but the problem is it doesn’t have glass in it any suggestions on what to put in the window spots to make this!? Thanks!

    • Gina Luker says:

      You could cut some pieces of masonite and use window glazing points to secure them from the back. If you paint before you install, it would be even easier 🙂

  17. Trying this today Gina… I’ve never painted on glass before. I didn’t use the spray paint, I’m painting it on and so far it looks like it is going to come off… I’m waiting for it to dry before I give it another coat… Hoping it works LOL

  18. Love this! I’d like to feature this in a post I’m writing for Friday on what to do with old windows. I’d like to use one of your images and I’ll provide a link to your site -this post. I’m also asking my readers to pin from the original source. Please let me know if this is not okay and I’ll remove it. Thank you – Dawn @ We Call It


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