Board and Brush, a DIY home décor workshop, signs on at Cambridge Square in Ooltewah. (Photo by: Contributed)

Board and Brush, a new DIY home décor workshop, is coming to Cambridge Square in Ooltewah this fall.

The DIY franchise is based out of Hartland, Wisconsin and teaches customers about home décor within a workshop setting that includes instructors and supplies, owner Wesley Odum said.

“My wife and I, we love outings and date nights and finding creative things to do together and so initially I was looking into it for those reasons and stumbled upon their franchise opportunities and thought how cool it would be to bring that type of creative and fun environment to our community and give people a chance to connect and have a blast all at the same time,” he said.


Odum is originally from Athens, Georgia and moved to Chattanooga about seven years ago. He said the Cambridge Square location is perfect for something like this.

“We just found it to be a perfect community that needed a place for people to go and connect without all the hassles of driving downtown or to other locations,” Odum said “I am thrilled to bring Board and Brush to Cambridge Square and Ooltewah to provide a local creative option for a night out with friends and family.”

Workshops are accessible to beginners as well as experienced designers. In addition to woodworking, customers can create original décor designs with other materials such as glass, chalkboards, canvas pillows, slate, and terra cotta pots.

The 1,140-square-foot location also provides many opportunities to host lady’s night out, birthday parties, corporate gatherings and can accommodate groups up to 30 people.

In a workshop that is not a special event anyone 16 years and up can participate. For those of age, workshops have an option to bring your own alcohol.

There will be events available such as birthday parties, kids camps and other specific classes just for kids, Odum said.

“We ask that people go online and sign up in advance and the big reason for that is because people have an opportunity to choose from over 400 custom designs and products and so once they walk into our creative studio we will have all the supplies and the template ready to create,” Odum said

Once in the studio, participants can choose how they want to distress their work, how they would like to stain it, and what colors they would like to use.

Workshops are three hours long, but participants may take as little or as much time as they need, Odum said.

To attend a standard workshop the price is $65.

Workshops include an instructor on site to help navigate how to build the home décor, an assistant for every six participants to help with each step as well as all the supplies and materials you will need.

“The beauty in this workshop is you get the experience of hanging out with your friends and creating something that’s very custom to your taste your specific color pattern at home and I think the biggest thing we’re selling is the satisfaction of looking at a finished product with that pride of ‘I did that,'” he said.

Board and Brush will officially open in early fall.

Registration for workshops will begin in early August and can be booked online.

For more information about how to book a workshop or about Board and Brush follow its Facebook page.

Savannah Bennett is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC where she is a feature writer of the student newspaper, The University Echo. She is a double major in communications and English: creative writing. Savannah was also a participant in the Disney College Program during the fall of 2017.