To create this product, I started with a clipboard from my local office supply store. It was very basic so I stained the back and edges to age it a bit. This could also be made with a clipboard you pick up at a thrift store.
The edges of the clipboard were rubbed with clear candle wax. This helps the paint to sand off easily when you distress the piece.
When the piece is finished, sand the edges to remove some of the paint….This gives the chalkboard the feeling that it has been used for awhile. (The wax rubbing and sanding steps can be skipped if you don’t want a distressed look).
After you paint the clipboard, it needs to be “seasoned” before you can write on it. Otherwise, whatever you put on the board will be etched in and will leave marks on your surface.
To season your board, all you need to do is rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire piece.
Then wipe the chalk off with a paper towel. Use a dry paper towel to achieve a more rustic look. A damp paper towel will clean more of the residue off. Even after wiping off the board there will still be a little chalk residue left….your board will never look as pristine as when you first painted it!
This idea could be done with any wording and used elsewhere in the house…your office, laundry room…….? Where would you hang it?