DIY Chalkboard

DIY Chalkboard


I’ve always felt the more positivity you surround yourself with, the more in tune you are with having a positive outlook.  A positive message written on your mirror in crimson lipstick, your journal full of quotes that lift you up and remind you why you are strong, your last memory of a compliment you received, and even the over-sized chalkboard above your desk that imprints its words in your head by every glance upward.  I love how easy and inexpensive this project is.  Even if you do not have a home office, maybe you have a space in your house where you sit and read or write and if you do not have a space like this, maybe it’s time you create one.

It is so important for each of us to have alone time in which we tune in to the things that we need to pay attention to like:  reading, learning, writing, journaling, meditating, and sitting in silence.  Maybe this is just the project you need to catapult you into creating that space for yourself.  Start with this chalkboard and begin thinking about where you will create your space!

chalk1You’ll need:

  • chalk {white & colored}
  • a large or small {preference and based on space} canvas  go to Goodwill or Salvation Army and find a used painted canvas or piece of wood, this does not have to be expensive just make sure it is made of wood, canvas or a hard surface
  • chalkboard paint {Hobby Lobby & most craft stores}  I used a single can for my large canvas measuring 36″x48″
  • paper towel or old rag you don’t mind getting messy from chalk
  • the will to let go and have a little fun with your writings

chalksAfter the chalkboard paint is dry {read instructions on back of can}, I recommend priming it to give it a more authentic chalkboard look.  To do this, take white chalk and rub the side along the board like pictured above.  Do this over the entire board, take your rag or paper towel and wipe off.  If you want it truly ‘worn in’ looking, go back over some areas and press down harder with the chalk so some areas are whiter than others, then wipe again.

chalk6Axel loves to be involved in whatever I’m doing.

chalk7Write what speaks to you.  Here are some amazing quotes that may help you and some inspiration below.

motivationboardjanuaryPin this by hovering over the picture and clicking the ‘Pin It’ Button!

IMG_3780Write what you feel and know you can erase it and start over any time. 

chalk9   Using a canvas worked well for hanging purposes.  I chose the spot centered above my desk, put two nails in the wall and hung.  To say I like my desk is an understatement.  Since hanging this chalk board, I feel inspired to put pictures that motivate me on it using washi tape and to continue to look up at it.  It is beautiful and reminds me of what’s important to me right now.


chalkmainaAdd a quote that speaks to you and don’t be afraid to erase and reapply something new!  Enjoy your inspired chalkboard!  If you make one, I’d love for you to share yours with me on my facebook page or pin to pinterest and tag me.

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  7. Brittney says:

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