I've had the idea for a while - of making my own chalkboard - but haven't been able to find the right surface...for the right price. I wanted something large. Large size usually means large price. At summer's beginning, I was inspired by this friend who used a footboard for a chalkboard (scroll down in the post).
Patience pays when Goodwill shopping. This beauty of a painting was scored at an estate sale for $20 - holla! The surface is a bit textured (from the faux painting) but firm (like stiff card board or thin wood). I had baby girl pose in the picture so you could get an idea of the size.
I splurged and got a set of Chalk Ink markers from Amazon. I love the way they write on the chalk board - and erase with water. There's no way I could have written as many words with regular chalk.