DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard

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Confession time: I am extremely attracted to chalkboards. My chalkboard collection continues to grow and I don't think that will stop anytime soon.

Can you blame me? Who doesn't love chalkboards, right?

They're awesome. They're classic. They're useful. Their text can be easily changed with a swipe. Need I go on?

I'm also into touches of rustic and industrial in the home. Remember my Rustic Kitchen Sign and Rustic Coat Rack? That's evidence, people. Evidence that I'm on a rustic roll!

This fabulous DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard first made it's appearance in my Hanging Gold Leaves Art Fall Decor, but I wanted to show this little beauty in a post all of it's own because it's totally worthy of it, if I do say so myself.


The story of this chalkboard started with a birthday party. My daughter's birthday party to be exact. It was the first time we were hosting it in our house and since it was outdoors I thought it would be great to have a giant chalkboard for all the kids to doodle on.

All materials were bought with the said birthday party in mind.

All labor, all screw ups, all re-do's were a labor of love because I had to have a chalkboard for my daughter's birthday party.

Pretty awesome Mom, right? Don't answer. Just keep reading.

Well, the final product was finally finished and I stared at it long and hard. I admired it, I petted it, I scribbled on it just to test it out, you know.

It was at that moment I knew I could never let little hands touch this chalkboard. I know that sounds awful. I fell in love with it and its purpose changed just like that. It would no longer be used outdoors but stay indoors where it would stay nice and pretty. 

Apparently, I didn't have to have a chalkboard for my daughter's birthday party.

Just some sidewalk chalk and a sidewalk.

You can go ahead and answer the awesome Mom question now.

The kids had a blast though. Although, I did send them home covered in chalk dust so I'm sure parents just loved me that day.

Moving right along....

I actually don't have a step by step tutorial for you guys because I got way ahead of myself while putting it together and taking pictures was the last thing on my mind.

However, Liz from Love Grows Wild has a great one here. Perhaps I should have looked through her tutorial first and I wouldn't have used the wrong brackets for the straight cuts! It's okay though. I'm still quite smitten by this chalkboard!

But I do have a list of all items I used to put this baby together!

What You Need To Make A DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard

  • Two 1 x 3 boards (each board is 10 feet long)
  • MDF board in whatever size you like (mine is 2 x 5)
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint (or you can just buy the mdf chalkboard that's ready to go)
  • Wood stain (I used my favorite, Dark Walnut)
  • Four L brackets (as you can see I used L brackets when I should have used the straight ones since my cuts are straight...oops!!)
  • Liquid Nails (I used the liquid nails to glue my 1 x 3's to my board before screwing them in with the brackets, that way they wouldn't move around on me)
  • Screws

And here it is welcoming Autumn into our home!


I love these brackets (even if they are the wrong ones)! You can also age these brackets with a torch if you want a more worn out look! You can see how Liz did that here.


My favorite thing about this DIY chalkboard is its size! It's big enough to make a statement and goes perfectly in what used to be an awkward corner.


I can't wait to change it up with the seasons! Although, I really need to work on my chalkboard art! 

Are you into chalkboards in home decor? What about giant ones like this one?

About Selene

Hello everyone, I'm Selene! I'm obsessed with DIY and lover of all things home and beauty. So, take your time and peek at my fabulous guides going on around here!

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