DIY Greek Key Stenciled Chalkboard Art

Hi Infarrantly Creative friends! I’m Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back to share a simple way to personalize your walls for little $$!

This past Saturday, David and I had plans to go to Cleveland, but the snow kept us close to home. Luckily, there is a Goodwill just down the street (enabler to my thrifting addiction) so we had a project day at home. I’m not complaining :) LOVE a full day to just work on projects.

I found these framed paintings for only $5 each. Readily available at thrift stores, they are perfect to transform and make your own! Since mine had a sturdy wood back, I decided to make a pair of chalk boards for my entry.


diy greek key chalkboard


Continuing one pattern onto two frames is one of my favorite ways to make a larger statement piece. The greek key stencil in the corners connected by straight lines help unify it without it looking too busy. Want to make your own?

Supplies needed:

Framed painting (Goodwill is a great place to look)
Chalkboard paint
Paint for frame and stencil
Painters tape

1. First, I sanded all the surfaces, removed the dust with a microfiber cloth, and then applied three light coats of chalkboard paint.

spray paint chalkboard

2. Once dry, I taped off the chalkboard and painted the frame a light mint green.

3. Then I designed (in Adobe Illustrator ) and cut a greek key stencil with my Silhouette Cameo . You can download my Silhouette file HERE.

greek key stencil

4. The stencil is just for the corners, so I connected the straight lines with painters tape.

5. Finally, I went back and touched up any imperfections with a small brush.

painting greek key

6. I seasoned the chalk board by rubbing chalk all over,

seasoning a chalkboard

and wiping it off with a slightly damp paper towel.

chalkboard seasoning

7. I found this image on Pinterest, and started drawing a Christmas tree made out of the text from O Holy Night. I love how it turned out!

chalkboard art

I used 3M Picture-Hanging Strips and hung them in my entry. That’s it!

Now I have a place to write lists, keep a calendar, or doodle right by the door when I’m coming or going.

greek key stenciled chalkboard
greek key chalkboard art
greek key patterned chalkboard
greey key chalkboard

I love how it brightens up my boring entry! The best part about this project is that the possibilities are endless. Try adding magnetic paint underneath, a gold border, or a nailhead along the edge. Happy creating!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Want to see more project ideas?

I’m a self proclaimed lover of a greek key pattern – here are a few more of my projects!

greek key pillow

Greek Key trim pillows

greek key pin board
greek key shams

Greek key standard shams

  • Gwen, The Makerista

    So pretty, Sarah! I love the greek key detail and your lettering is beautiful!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Sarah the queen of greek key! So good!

  • Linda Miller

    I don’t understand, did you paint right over the canvas?

    • sarah m dorsey

      Hi Linda! I sprayed directly over the painted panels with chalkboard paint. The backing of my paintings were a thin wood, perfect for a chalkboard!

  • tinagleisner

    Also curious if you painted over the canvas & looks like spray chalkboard paint? What I really loved was … decorating with a chalkboard, which you can change for each holiday or season.

    • sarah m dorsey

      I used spray chalkboard paint, (the brush/roll on would work as well) to paint over the painted panels. It took 1 can for three coats on each (with a little left over :)

      • tinagleisner

        Thanks for the info

  • Angela Bailey Coffman

    Love it, the frames look more substantial after you painted them. And I’m super impressed with your hand lettering.