DIY: A Whale of a Chalkboard

I promised you one more summer project and there she blows. Oddly enough I started this 2 years ago and it was sitting in my closet half finished this whole time. With just a couple of steps to go, I finished it up this weekend to cap off the summer.


Obviously I used a whale shape because I thought it would add a bit of whimsy to my shore kitchen but you could use the same technique on virtually any simple shape. If you can doodle it, you can do it. Just cut, paint and hang!

You will need: a scrap piece of wood, a jigsaw (get the plugged in version, thank me later!), chalkboard paint, an inspiration image and a pencil (yes, you can just freehand it)



  1. hschilpp9:17 AM

    I love it! So simple and yet it makes such a great statement. How thick was the piece of wood that you used?

  2. Gina Traversi9:17 AM

    Did someone say whimsy? :) Love this!! I need to practice with the jigsaw.

  3. Elizabeth Dunstan10:09 AM

    I love this! What a great idea!

  4. RachelShingleton10:35 AM

    This is so cute!

  5. So cute--I love the whale shape you chose. It turned out great! 

  6. I was concerned the first time I used it but it doesn't take much practice.  You just cut along the line and the saw does all the hard work.

  7. I used a scrap so i dont remember exactly - I want to say 1/4 inch but you really could use almost anything that has any stiffness to it.  The thicker it is, the harder it would be to hang but something really thick (like cut from an old door) would be pretty cool too.

  8. I love this idea!  Thank you.

  9. Stefania Palladino7:09 PM

    Adorable! I love it!

  10. lh97897:39 PM

    This post is the perfect remedy to get over my nerves about jigsaws- it looks so easy, and you've told me what type of saw to get. I've had projects in mind, but was intimidated. Oh, and I was never sure about the chalkboard paint- whether the spray paint version was any different than the brush-on. You've just solved 2 of my hang-ups in one post- thank you, thank you!

  11. So cute. I need to learn to use power tools.

  12. This is beautiful! Love it.

  13. Sarah Klem6:40 AM

    I'm going to have to concur my fear of power tools...big time...I have bandaids, it'll turn out just fine, jigsaw here I come...;)

  14. Amy Kennedy Slesar8:28 AM

    that is so awesome! I love whales, living in Boston with a boat my family and I try and go on a whale watch off the coast of Provincetown very year! They get so close you can almost feel their spray. They are such beautiful and majestical creatures and I think your chalkboard captures them very well.

  15. Jessica @ Decor Adventures3:11 PM

    I love it! I've seen these whale shapes just as wall hangings, but it's cuter and more functional as a chalkboard. Cute :-)

  16. I want one so bad but it drives my allergies nuts... Maybe we can figure out a way to do this with a whiteboard. 

  17. You could totally do the exact same project and use the whiteboard paint instead of the chalkboard paint.

    1. Good point! I wanna try that...

  18. how2home5:29 PM

    This is awesome! Such a simple idea and it looks perfect!! Great work :)


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