I took the tag off the back, and then got out my spray can of chalk....the same one I've been using for almost a year now. I've read that you should rub the side of chalk along the whole surface, this makes it easier to write/erase/write/erase. I've hung it in the laundry room that is now going to be my craft room because, let's face it, I do a lot more crafting than laundry. It's my project to do list. I'm a tad bit OBSESSED with list. More on the 'craft cave' later....less on the to do list, there are padded rooms for people that talk about to do list, and I don't have time to decorate a padded room, it would be so limiting because I doubt they allow nails, scissors, and stuff.