DIY Chalkboard Paint Chore Chart

Kimberly Sneed

Article Posted By: Kimberly Sneed

of A Night Owl

A chore chart for toddlers created from chalkboard paint and wall board

We’ve invited lifestyle and decor bloggers to give us their take on The Home Depot’s monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops. On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the DIH Workshop in Home Depot stores across the country will focus on How to Make a Chore Chart, presented by Martha Stewart Living.

Here, Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl shares her tutorial for a chore chart she created for her two toddlers. This simple DIY project uses chalkboard paint on wall board.

It’s never too early to start your kids on the road to responsibility, right? That’s why I’m so glad that The Home Depot asked us to come up with a fun and unique chore chart we can use in our own home. And right now with my toddler boys, the chores that we focus on with them are picking up their toys and dirty clothes! So I wanted to design an easy chart for them to both understand and get involved with. And because I could use chalkboard paint on just about anything in our house – I thought naturally a chalkboard chart would be perfect!

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 2-3 hours, not including drying time
Cost: $40
Tools and Materials

  • Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Flat White Paint
  • 2×2 Dry Wall Board
  • 2 – 2ft Strips of Hobby Board
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue
  • Cutting Machine/Vinyl or Stencils/Paint
  • Chalk/Chalkboard Marker

 Step one of creating a chalkboard paint chore chart: spray the chalkboard paint

Step 1
Spray paint your 2×2 Dry Wall board with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint. Let it dry for 24 hours then cure it with chalk to prime the chalkboard for use.

Step 2 of chalkboard paint chore chart project-- paint hobby board white

Step 2 
Paint the two hobby boards with Rust-Oleum Flat White paint and let dry.

Step 3 of chalkboard paint chore chart project-- glue hobby board to the chart

Step 3
Glue the hobby boards onto the cured chalkboard, leaving about 8 inches below each board to list your chores and 4 inches at the top for the board name.

Step 4 of chore chart project-- add words and pictures

Step 4
I used a cutting machine to cut the board name “Boys Chores” and pictures of a truck (for toys) and a shirt (for clothes) out of white vinyl. I then transferred those cutouts to the board. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could easily use chalkboard markers or stencils and paint to add words and/or pictures to yours.

Step 5 of chore chart project -- section off squares for each day chores are required

Step 5
I added days to the chart (M-F) and sectioned off the days with chalkboard marker. Monday-Friday you ask? Well right now we’re pretty regimented during the week with our boys, but on the weekends it’s relaxing, family time! What I love about this board though is it is easy to update if we want to change the number of chores or even add in those weekends in the future!

And then you’re done!

I didn’t add anything to the chore chart to hang, as I plan to leave it accessible for the boys. I designed it so each of my sons could “check off” when they’ve done their chores for the day. I find that with these little ones, that type of interaction is highly motivating, so I’m excited to give this a try!

The completed DIY chore chart project

A check mark shows a chore has been completed on this DIY chore chart

The boys are already identifying with the truck and shirt – I thought it was really important for the toddlers that you give them visual cues to start out with. Then as they progress and start learning to read more words and taking on more chores we can “wipe the chalkboard clean” and make some updates! Chalkboards are so versatile that way!

A DIY Chalkboard Paint Chore Chart

So what do you think? What kind of chore chart do you think would work best in your house?

Kimberly Sneed is a project manager by day, but enjoys crafting, DIY, and cooking by night. She shares her craft and cooking ideas on her blog, A Night Owl.

The Do-It-Herself Workshops are free, they’re very informative and a whole lot of fun. Go to The Home Depot’s Workshops page to find out more about the upcoming DIH Workshop and  to reserve your spot.  

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