Personalizing our Toy Chalkboard

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Personalized Magnetic Board and a Game by TwoPlusCute

We have this nice double surface board from Melissa & Doug but the primary colors didn’t really do it for me. And I do not know why but, lately I have this urge to personalize everything generic and make it “ours”. So, I grabbed the board and turned it into a kitchen menu board for The Cute’s play kitchen.

Since I have a ton of paint from my super sample haul in December, I picked a pink (front side), a hot pink (side…sides) and a soft green can (for the back side) and went to work.

Begone primary colors!

Personalized magnetic board 2 by TwoPlusCute

Disclaimer: if anybody reads on, hoping to find a craft with initials, let me stop you right here before I unwillingly waste your time! I am using the word personalization, liberally, to denote any changes that turn a generic object into something more aesthetically personal and more “our style”.

This is a post about tweaking this magnetic chalk dry erase board (<- affiliate link) to match our nursery’s color scheme and to be more versatile. It is also a post about cake!


Personalized magnetic chalkboard and a learning game by TwoPlusCute


In order to make the board more of an eye candy, I taped, sanded, primed and gave two coats of paint. Which was overkill, to say the least.

Hubby drilled I had hubby drill two more holes in one of the narrow sides and now our board is more flexible. I also changed the yellow shoe-lace looking string the board came with, using soft but thick, white twine.

Somehow I botched the paint job (seems that painting much larger surfaces is more of my thing).


Personalizing a toy chalkboard by TwoPlusCute


And then I let it dry for days after the first coat (lazy painter that I am) so naturally, the painter’s tape got stuck in some places.

Which brings us to the following super handy trick:

If your tape gets stuck, just use tweezers and pull gently.

The tweezers will get even the tiniest shreds.

Hurrah for repurposing!

Personalized magnetic chalkboard and a learning activity, by TwoPlusCute


This board now hangs right next to her toy kitchen and it is there that we write (or stick) the menu of the play-day, that usually comprises of EgGs, Ψωμί (bread in Greek) and CAKE.

Cake is in all capital letters because The Cute is very partial to them even though she has rarely had any (she is allergic to eggs and therefore we avoid cakes). For some reason, she loves cakes so much, we become- a very cute – spectacle every time we are at the grocery store: she runs to the cake display, squeaking excitedly”CAKE!” and presses her nose against the glass to better see the cakes.


How we personalized our Toy Chalkboard (and some cake) post by TwoPlusCute



Keeping this post small and sweet (well, there was the mention of cake) I do have a question for you: Are you into personalizing the objects of your home and “how far is too far” when it comes to personalization?

ps. While updating the chalkboard, I came with 3 fantastic ideas for a reading activity for The Cute and she came up with another one. Check them out here: 4 learn how to read activities.


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14 thoughts on “Personalizing our Toy Chalkboard

  • April 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Love the personality you added to the menu chalkboard! I’ve never seen magnetic Greek letters before! Love the creative twist!


    • April 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

      I am glad you liked it KariAnne (and I was so overwhelmed that you dropped by, it took me 5 days to respond – I was too busy jumping up and down).
      Yep. 🙂

  • April 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Great job on the chalkboard! The Cute will have hours of fun with it. I feel so bad that The Cute is allergic to eggs so can’t have cake……am I thinking about all the other things that limits her too? That tell you something about my priorities…..btw, I think I have a recipe for an eggless chocolate cake that was popular during WW2……If you’re interested, I will dig it out…..

      • April 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

        I found my Grandmother’s spice cake recipe. But, I know I have an eggless chocolate cake somewhere….and, I will find it!

        Tomato Soup Cake
        1 can tomato soup; 1 tsp baking soda; 1 C sugar; 2 C sifted flour; 2 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp cloves; 1/2 tsp cinnamon; 1/2 tsp nutmeg; 1/2 tsp salt; 2 tbsp spry (Crisco); 1 C raisins
        Bake moderate oven 45-50 min. If you want, glaze it….
        That’s it! Most old recipes don’t give much instruction. I worked out the time in a 350 degree oven….just watch it to be sure that works in your oven.

        • April 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

          Here’s the chocolate cake recipe 🙂

          Wacky Cake
          1 1/2 C flour; 1 C sugar; 1/3 C cocoa; 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp baking soda
          1/3 C veg. oil; 1 tsp vanilla; 1 tsp vinegar; 1 C cold water

          Mix well in 8″ ungreased pan. Bake 30-35 min @ 350 degrees

          • April 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

            Sally, THANK YOU!

            I will try making it this week and let you know how it went. 🙂

  • April 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I think there is no such thing as going too far when it comes to personalizing. I think everyone should make their house their own kind of awesome. 😉

    And I love what you did with the chalkboard! It turned out really cute. 🙂

  • April 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

    So cute!!!! My kids love chalkboards and this would be great for them. Loved the mini Greek lesson. Probably was not pronouncing is correctly though, lol.

    • April 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

      You probably pronounced it right, Greek is a lot like Spanish in that our letters are phonic too and what you see is what you read.
      Glad you liked the idea. 🙂

  • April 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

    This is darling! I really like your out of the box version of personalization:) I wish more people would take the description to heart and add the “personality” too.


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