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How to Make an Oversized Chalkboard

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It’s a bit ironic how I labeled this chalkboard considering that I should have had this posted days ago and well… didn’t get my crap done. 🙁

oversized chalkboard

I’ve been working my butt off at the current $100 One Month One Room challenge where I’m tackling my office/craft room. I seriously have. But every Wednesday when it’s time to post my weekly update, I look around and have no clue what to share that week!

I feel like all the projects I’m working on are either too specific to my space that no one will care about (i.e. trimming carpet) or will give away too much of the final reveal! I can’t seem to find a happy medium with this challenge, which is a bit frustrating since I feel like I’m up there working every day!

One project I did work on this week that I can share with you is how to make an oversized chalkboard. It was another project where I just used scrap wood from our garage and threw it together in an hour! It was fast, free and makes a pretty big impact since it’s oversized.

how to build an oversized chalkboard

I found the sheet of 3/4″ plywood in the garage. I have no idea where it came from, but then, that applies to probably 75% of what’s in the garage. It was tall and skinny, so I went with it. I honestly didn’t even measure it or trim it. I just took it and painted the entire thing with chalkboard paint.

Then I had some 1″x 2″ common board that must have been leftover from the artwork I made last month. I cut that to fit 2 of the long sides and the bottom.

For the top, I found a piece of 1″ x 6″ wood that I cut to width for the top. For the curve, I traced a decorative bowl and then cut it out with a jigsaw.

oversized to-do chalkboard

I stained the trim pieces with my favorite MinWax honey stain and then attached them using my Ryobi nail gun. I swear, this nail gun is why I can complete projects so quickly. It’s one of my favorite tools to grab!

And that was it! It really did come together in no-time at all (minus drying time, of course!). It looks great beside the white bookshelf I showed you last week that I transformed from a brown, laminate sadsack to this pretty shelf that wants all the attention!

how to make a giant chalkboard

I just quick wrote a little saying out for the pictures, but I think I’ll add more to it later, I might even cut a saying out of vinyl with my Cricut and then just use chalkboard to keep my to-do list updated.

Join me here in 3 short days to see the final reveal of my office! Remember where it started?!

Office before cleaning

And be sure to Check out what everyone else was up to last week!


If you’re looking for more easy builds, check out some of my other DIY projects!

This blanket ladder couldn’t be much simpler! All straight cuts and the blankets hide if your rungs don’t go on perfectly straight!


This X-brace Console Table is a little more involved, but still involves almost all straight cuts. It makes a pretty impressive piece of furniture for not a lot of effort!

DIY Farmhouse console table

I think my husband would agree that this Murphy Desk we built for our daughter was probably one of the harder things we built. It had to be a perfectly square box in order for the desk top to nestle in just right. It wasn’t that incredibly hard, but maybe not a novice project!

murphy desk

Don’t forge to pin this post, so you can make one for your house too!

how to turn scrap wood into an oversized chalkboard


Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Saturday 1st of April 2017

LOVE IT!!! That stain goes perfectly with the black chalkboard paint... and you can't beat free. Cannot wait to see this room's reveal!