Office Chalkboard

Sometimes the simplest projects turn out to be my favorite ones, and this happens to be one of those projects! Chalkboards will never go out of style for me, and the strangest part is that I rarely write on them! It’s true! I’m sure if I would teach myself how to successfully attempt some chalkboard art, then maybe I would. But, I love the look of a seasoned, dusty chalkboard just as much as a pretty framed wall hanging. I think they add character and charm to a space, and give it a rustic touch, and we all know how much I love that! I wanted to make one for my office, and knew I had the perfect spot for it

There is a wall in my office that has been driving me absolutely crazy, and I have changed it a million times. Raise your hand if you can relate! You have seen it before, here here and here. It isn’t that I hated how these options looked, they just didn’t flow with the wall space. It is the first wall of the office that you see when you walk down our hallway, so I want it to be perfect. This chalkboard filled the space well, and is eye catching enough to make someone passing by want to come pop in. Will it stay this way before my office reveal?! Who knows! For now I am loving my new DIY Office Chalkboard!


DIY Office Chalkboard. Vertical Pin


Supplies Needed:

  • 2×2 Lauan Plywood
  • 1×2 Furring Strips
  • Miter Saw
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Sponge Paint Roller
  • Wood Stain
  • 4 Brackets
  • Drill or Screwdriver
  • Saw tooth Picture Hangers
  • Hammer


DIY Office Chalkboard. Wood board


First, I used our miter saw to cut the 1×2 furring strips into 2 ft each with  45 degree angles to make the frame for the chalkboard. I use these strips for DIY frames a lot because they give such a nice thin, rustic edge that isn’t too bulky or heavy for such a light piece of wood, such as this plywood I used.


DIY Office Chalkboard. Wood and frame


Next I used an old rag to stain the frame with a dark wood stain, and used a sponge paint roller to paint the 2x2ft of plywood with chalkboard paint. I applied 4-5 coats of the chalkboard paint to make sure it was evenly distributed.


DIY Office Chalkboard. Painting the board


Once the stain and chalkboard paint was dry, I used a drill and four corner brackets to secure the frame to the plywood.  Then I added two saw tooth picture hangers and it was ready to hang in the office!


DIY Office Chalkboard. Chalkboard Brackets


For a good dusty look, I just took a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the chalkboard then wiped it off with a piece of cloth, typically called “seasoning” the chalkboard. This leaves such a great look if you don’t want to write on it and leave it as is. Like I said, I love just leaving the board like this! What do you think!?


DIY Office Chalkboard. Tutorial for Chalkboard


DIY Office Chalkboard. Simple DIY Chalkboard Tutorial


DIY Office Chalkboard. Simple Chalkboard Tutorial


DIY Office Chalkboard. Cute Chalkboard Tutorial


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  • Reply Wendy Durnwald October 20, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Love it Ashley!
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  • Reply Tanja October 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

    What color stain did you use?

    • Reply Ashley Broviak October 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Hi! I used Minwax in Dark Walnut! It’s my go to wood stain…love the color!

  • Reply Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life October 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love a good chalkboard and this one is perfect…..on a side note I always love how you style your photos!
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    • Reply Ashley Broviak October 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Gilly, such a nice compliment my friend! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Amy W October 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I’m a softie for all chalkboards! Love this one.
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    • Reply Ashley Broviak October 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      You and me both girl! You can never go wrong with a good chalkboard!

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