How to make chalkboard magazine boxes

If you like your accessories to be both adaptable and good-looking, then make a few of these simple chalkboard magazine holders – and if you change your mind, just erase and start again!

How to make chalkboard magazine boxes

You will need:

  • Unfinished wooden magazine holders
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood primer
  • White emulsion paint
  • Black spray-on chalkboard paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • White chalk

Time to complete the job: 30 minutes, not including drying time.
Approximate budget: Wooden magazine holders from £2.99 (we used KNUFF storage boxes from IKEA); chalkboard spray paint from £4.99.

Tip: Spray-on black chalkboard paint is fantastically versatile – so don't limit yourself! Spray it directly onto a wall in your kitchen for a quick and easy 'reminder' board, or give your child a place where they can scribble on a wall for fun!

First steps: Make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area when using spray paints – use a mask if desired to minimize the effect of any fumes. Also make sure that your work area is well covered with protective paper – the paint goes further than you think!

  • Step 1: Prepare the wooden surface

    Step 1: Prepare the wooden surface

    With a light grade of sandpaper, sand the exterior of the magazine holders, then wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dust particles and ensure a clean surface.

    Apply a coat of wood primer to the prepared area, let dry, and follow with two coats of white emulsion. Let dry.

  • Step 2: Mark the chalkboard area

    Step 2: Mark the chalkboard area

    With some wide masking tape, on the front of the magazine holders mark the top and bottom of the area you want covered with the chalkboard paint.

    Press the edges of the masking tape down firmly – this is going to give a cleaner line when you apply the chalkboard paint.

  • Step 3: Apply the chalkboard paint

    Step 3: Apply the chalkboard paint

    Following the safety instructions on the can, carefully spray the black chalkboard paint onto the desired area. Move swiftly but surely over the area to give an even coverage.

    Tip: It's worth covering the areas you want to stay white with a layer of newspaper before you begin spraying – the spray paint can easily splatter and spoil the perfect white effect.

    Let dry. If desired, apply a second coat. Let dry completely. Carefully peel off the masking tape.

    You can now write on our 'blackboard' with white chalk – and if you change your mind, simply erase with a damp cloth and start again!