Difficulty: Beginner

Transform an old frame into a handy home for messages and to-do lists. 

An upcycled chalkboard displayed in a living space.

What you’ll need

  • Wooden picture frame
  • Backing board
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Wood glue
  • Attachments, e.g. rail, hooks, chalk holder
  • Hanging fixture

Step-by-step instructions


Select an old picture frame in your desired size. Ensure the back of the frame is wide enough to be glued securely to the backing board.

Optional: Sand down the frame with our Mouse® Detail Sander to create your own finish. Leave raw for a rustic look, add a wood stain, or paint to complement your decor.

A man selects a wooden frame for an upcycling project.
A wooden board being cut using the BLACK+DECKER® 18V 140mm Cordless Circular Saw.

Step 1

Cut the backing board to fit the frame. For ease, draw around the frame in pencil on the backing board as a template.

If your frame has a recessed area that held the mount and glass, you can cut the board to fit inside for a flusher look. Ensure the lip of the frame is wide enough for the glue to hold the board in place.

Step 2

Paint the backing board with chalkboard paint and leave to dry.

A man paints a wooden board for an upcycling project.
A man attaches a wooden frame to a chalkboard for an upcycling project.

Step 3

Glue the frame to the backing board using a suitable wood glue, then clamp together until set. If you don't have clamps, weigh down with books or other heavy objects.

Step 4

Screw in any attachments of your choice. We added a rail, but you could add hooks or other attachments depending on what you fancy.

Add a suitable hanging fixture to the back of the frame, such as a brass wire or D-ring bracket, ensuring it is securely attached.

A handle being screwed to a chalkboard using the BLACK+DECKER® 3.6V Rapid Driver Screwdriver.
A man straightens an upcycled chalkboard hanging on a wall.

Step 5

Drill a hole in your wall, add a weight-bearing hook, and clean up any mess - our POWERSERIES™ cordless stick vacuum will make this a breeze!

Step 6

Enjoy your new chalkboard!

Dirt being vacuumed from a hard floor using the BLACK+DECKER® 18V 4in1 Cordless POWERSERIES Extreme™ Vacuum Cleaner in handheld mode.
An upcycled chalkboard displayed in a living space.