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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Creating a Chalkboard from an Old Picture Frame

I needed a place, to write all my goals, in my craftroom.
Did I mention, I didn't want to have to go buy anything?
Well, I did it! I made a wonderful chalkboard out of stuff I already had.
What do you think?
This was so easy to make and it turned out wonderfully.  Here's how you do it...

First, I gathered my materials.  Chalkboard paint (we already had it!)

A VERY old, chippy, picture frame. It was missing the glass and the backing, but that made it perfect!

A piece of wood cut to fit the picture frame. I painted it three times with the black chalkboard paint.  I let the paint dry thoroughly between each coat.

First, I sanded the picture frame well. A lot of paint came off so it was super chippy.  That's okay!  I then painted the entire frame gold. I wasn't going to leave it that way. I just wanted the gold to peer out when I distressed it.
I then painted the frame with two coats of white. I left the middle part gold. I didn't take a picture of this step, but I then distressed the white with my mouse sander.

Here's the back of the frame.

Using wood glue, I glued the chalkboard painted wood into the frame.

Here it is. It's ready to write on and hang!
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  1. I love chalkboard paint projects and yours looks great in that old frame. Nice tutorial, too.


  2. Hi Shannon, it turned out beautiful. I love the gold. I have been wanted to make one of these. Thanks for sharing yours. I am visiting from Transformation Thursdays at Shabby Creek Cottage. Blessings, Wanda

  3. Chalkboards are so fun. Your's turned out wonderful.

  4. love this idea as well I am getting gift ideas as I read this and write a quick comment thanks

  5. love it, esp the glitz of gold! here from the girl creative!



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