I started with an open frame I bought at Aaron Brothers during their penny sale, which I blogged about here. Then I headed to my local hardware store for a thin piece of MDF type board that I rolled with Rustoleum's Chalkboard paint. I primed the MDF board first to insure the finish would last longer and a sponge roller gave it a smooth finish.
After about 20 minutes it was dry and we secured it to the frame and mounted it on the wall. I had an extra shelf tucked away in a closest that I used for a chalk ledge and whao la! She loves it and so do I. By the way, notice her pom chandelier? So cute!
Here is the paint I used.
But later I found this! Hudson's colored chalkboard paint available in a rainbow of colors. I wish I had seen this first. I am going to use this in my kitchen, I love it!