I vaguely remember a world before chalkboard paint.

It’s kind of hazy, but I’m pretty sure it co-incided with phones that had rotary dials and clock radios with numbers that flipped.

I can’t pin point an exact date when I discovered it, but I think it all started with this 40-pane window that we rescued from the trash and drove down the back roads to our house.

When I saw it in the trash, it called my name and told me it was a calendar in disguise.

I speak trash, so I understood perfectly.


The challenge was I didn’t know how to get from point A (the trash) to point B (a giant chalkboard calendar for my family room wall).

Enter chalkboard paint.

And now we’re best friends.


In case you need a little friendship and some inspiration today, I’m a chalkboard matchmaker.

And here’s a few of my favorite chalkboard projects to get your relationship started.

giant oversized chalkboard

Giant Over-sized Chalkboard


Chalkboard Bicycle Wheel Calendar


Chalkboard Word Find


Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins



Reverse Lettered Chalkboard Sign

PS  Hope you enjoyed meeting my BFF.

You can see all the rest of my chalkboard projects…

PPS  Thanks to for the inspiration behind this post.  You can see the original post (with a lot more explanation on the projects)….here.


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  1. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    You certainly have the greatest chalkboards...I so remember the first time I saw the "calendar chalkboard" I gasped and though it was the most creative thing on earth!....From a roadside find to a fabulous work of art!...and must say that I love the last chalkboard with that true!....Have a great weekend!

  2. Image for Heather C Heather C

    I didn't have time today to causually read, but then a 40 pane window - wow - I had to look now, what a great find and fixer-upper you did, but no, not enough with the window pane, then you further caught me with all the chalkboard ideas, now I want to paint some chalkboard things. I don't have time today, but I will, have a good one.

  3. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    I love all of these chalkboard projects! The bicycle wheel...there are no words. The only chalkboard project I have done that I loved was painting the inside of a scratched silver tray. Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I remember that huge windowpane chalkboard...the first time I saw that...I thought how ingenious! And the story that went with it...priceless! I was hooked! ;)

  5. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    Very nice. You have such creative thoughts to do all that. Love the bicycle idea…I have chalk paint but have really never used it. I have to get creative as well. HUMMMMM……..

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    You are increasing your talking ability -- chalk paint. I have thought and thought about where I could use chalk paint -- I really want to do something but I'm having a hard time deciding. I've thought about doing the whole inside of our pantry door -- my pantry a mouse could live in , not like your pantry. Anyway, that way I could write our food inventory or grocery list on it. If I found a humongous window I'd probably just pass it by -- it would be waiting for you -- trash just doesn't say anything to me. Might be lack of imagination when it comes to decor *sigh* I'll just keep pinning all your posts. Have a great weekend!!

  7. Image for Pat Pat

    I too love chalkboards and old windows! Thanks for sharing your ideas as they are all really awesome! Have a fantastic weekend.

  8. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I love chalkboard paint too...have one whole wall in the kitchen painted with the stuff. :-) I adore the word seek pumpkins; I just may have to make over some very pathetic ones I have.

  9. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! I look forward every day to getting the new posts in my inbox - it truly brightens my day. You have such a terrific way with words, and your home is so warm and welcoming! If you're in the area feel free to stop in for a visit at - I'd love to see you there! x

  10. Image for Mary Ferguson Mary Ferguson

    OMG - great chalkboards - thanks for all the ideas.... What a great find and to turn it into something useful and pretty. Mary

  11. Image for Carol@TheRedPaintedCottage Carol@TheRedPaintedCottage

    I've always had a love affair for chalkboards. It started in elementary school and continues to this day. Maybe that's why I became a teacher? You can't have too many chalkboards, and the more unusual, the better. I adore yours, Karianne!

  12. Image for David Nguyen David Nguyen

    What an artist you are! … to have created that 40 pane window into a beautiful and unique wall décor / chalkboard. Kudos!

  13. Image for Mary Dolan Flaherty Mary Dolan Flaherty

    These are great! If I tried to do this, though...I don't know...I just can't seem to pull things like this off. I'm more of the failed Pinterest project picture gal than the Pinterest model, but I love that your projects ARE the models. Lovely pictures, adorable projects, and such a creative mind! Visiting from the Favorite Things Blog Hop

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