Designer vs. DIY: West Elm Message Board Hack for $18

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Every house needs a message board, right? This one from West Elm caught my eye but it’s no longer available to buy. Even if it were, the price might have been beyond what I would be willing to spend on a message board. And thus this message board DIY was born! With just a few materials, you can make your own chalkboard that is perfect for messages for family, reminders, or shopping lists. This project took a little time gathering the supplies, but once I had them, the DIY took no time at all.

DIY West Elm Message Board


  • Wood cut to specific dimensions: $10 – $15 depending on size
  • Chalkboard paint: $2.49
  • Foam brush: $1.99
  • Twine: $2.99
  • Scissors
  • Drill: use one you already have or borrow a friends!

Total Cost of Project: $17.47


Step 1:

Measure and drill your holes into the wood. You will want to do this before you paint the board to avoid chipping. Try and use a drill bit that won’t be too big or too small for your twine to fit through.


Step 2:

Paint time! You will want to try and do smooth, even coats. I did about four coats, but some wood is more absorbent than others, so you may want more or less for nicer woods. Be sure to follow the directions on your chalkboard paint can.


Step 3:

Now that your paint is dried, let’s add the twine! I knotted mine in the back for a cleaner look, but you could easily knot them in the front for a more rustic feel. Either way is great! And you’re done! Hang your new DIY message board and enjoy!



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