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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Transform an old frame into a Chalkboard Frame!

I've been wanting a chalkboard of some kind in our house for ages.  I didn't want to buy one.  After all, using chalkboard paint is very popular these days.

I took an old large picture frame that I had actually put in the yard sale last year.  Thankfully, it didn't sell because now I needed it.  Sorry, I don't have a before picture.  I was spray painting and too lazy to go upstairs for the camera.

I started by painting the glass (big fail).  I had read some where to paint the glass, but then once I wrote on it, the paint rubbed off.  The words on the board should be "Craft, Craft, Crap!"
The paint rubbed off on multiple places.  Oh well.  Now, time for attempt #2.

I took the backing of the frame and painted on three coats of chalkboard paint.  I did two coats in one direction and one in the other direction.  This helped to hide any lines.  I got my paint from Walmart in their paint section.  Don't buy it from the craft section!  It is about a fourth of the size and more expensive.  The one I bought was around $6. Here is a picture of the paint I used:
Once you've allowed the the board to dry, you need to rub chalk all over it. Then wipe it off.

Then put your board in the framing and voila!  You now have a great chalkboard to use for anything in your house!  I considered putting some vinyl on it, such as, "To Do."  I am not sold on it though.  I would like to keep the frame for writing anything on.  I can't wait to start writing special things on my board, even if it is just my to do list.
Happy Crafting!

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  1. Cool Jill!

    Where do you get chalkboard paint??

    Cari Leatherman

  2. Sorry, Cari! I forgot to add that in the post. I just updated it. I got a can of it from Walmart's paint section. It was around $6 and will do MANY projects!

  3. Looks great - I so badly need a chalkboard painted something in my house!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

    p.s. I have seen tutorials where you can make chalkboard paint from tile grout in a couple of places, prob a lot cheaper too!

  4. That paint is so versatile, you can use it even on dishes. No really - take like an old plate, paint the middle like you did, follow all the same techniques - then put in a plate holder on the counter, instant memory board (chalk board) and makes a great gift idea. My sisters loved it this year. Found these really nice plates cheap and did them each up one.

  5. Thanks for the comments and ideas ladies!

    Medifast coupons-I will have to try that with the plates. That would be a fantastic gift idea! I need something special for my son's preschool teachers.

  6. Thanks for the blow by blow also including some less than perfect results. I do that on my blog, too. I do love the final results, though. :) Linda

  7. Very cute! I just got my first can of chalkboard paint and have been loving it!

  8. I read the same thing about painting on glass. think they forgot to include a step.....prime perhaps. I did it too...big mistake. Now I need to do it over.
    Thanks for your tips.

  9. Funny, I painted mine right on the glass w/o a problem. I cleaned the glass really well and I used very thin, multiple coats. (of spraypaint, not the paint from a can) And I let it "cure" for 24 hours (per the paint instructions) before touching it with any chalk. So far, it has held up great. (and I use mine a LOT)
    You are gonna love yours! It looks great!

  10. Very well done! I did one to match our pink accent wall... Used the tile grout. It works awesome! And it matches perfectly because it is the actual paint color the wall is. You will love using yours! And so will the little ones!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  11. I just bought some chalkboard paint, I am going to try the stuff out this weekend!

    Thanks for the ideas and for linking up to Fantastic Friday. I cannot wait to see what you have for this week.


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