Create a Bistro Style Chalkboard

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I have always loved the beautiful Bistro Style Chalkboards you see in cute little restaurants and coffee shops. I wondered how they made such stylish lettering and I wanted to learn how to do this. I discovered an easy way to recreate the look of these this trendy design without having amazing handwriting. I created my own chalkboard and chalk lettering for my Mother’s Day TV segment. I love the way it came out and it is actually easy to make.  You can use this technique to design any theme you would like. I am also showing an example of a Menu. Here’s how I did it!

Materials to Make a Bistro Style Chalkboard

Bistro Chalkboard Materials

  • Chalkboard (I had a piece custom cut at the hardware store…it was less than $10 for 3 large pieces)
  • Wood Trim and Accents (craft store or hardware store)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Chalk
  • Chalk Marker (craft store)
  • Printout of Lettering
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions to Make the Bistro Style Chalkboard

Design the lettering configuration and font that you wish to appear on the chalkboard and print out on to a piece of paper.

Rub chalk on the back of the paper, covering all of the lettering.

Using removable double-sided tape, attach the printout to the chalkboard.

Use a pen to trace the outline of the letters and decorative borders.

Remove the paper to reveal the trace lines of your lettering.


Use chalk or a chalk marker to trace the outline and fill in the letters.


Cut wooden trim to match the size of the chalkboard sides and top. Paint trim and accents, adding a darker color for the distressed look.


Using a hot glue gun, attach the border and accents to the frame.







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