Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY chalkboard

I've been wanting to make a chalkboard for awhile now, and have just been keeping my eyes peeled for the right picture/frame to begin my project.
Last weekend I found it!
I'm sad I didn't take a picture of the original.
It was $5.00 at a thrift shop. An old worn flower painting with a beeeautiful frame.
I had to have it.
Kevin reached up with his long arms, snatched it up & we were outta there.
We then went to Lowe's so I could get the other item necessary for this project; chalkboard paint.
This little guy was a bit more expensive than my frame, about $15.00 for a quart.

Here's my frame, with the ugly picture already removed.
Isn't it lovely?! I thought about painting the frame too, but decided against it.
This picture doesn't show it too well, but the frame is 2-toned and I really like that aspect of it

So here is the flower picture already painted over once with the chalkboard paint.
I did one coat on Monday night, and the directions tell you to wait 24 hours before you do a 2nd coat.
I definitely needed a 2nd layer because some of the flower was still peaking through.

 Here it is after the 2nd coat. 
You then need to let it dry another 24 hours before writing on it with chalk.
(I may have cheated on this and wrote on it after letting it dry for about 19 hours, and it was ok.) 

After the paint was all (pretty much..) dry (I'm so impatient!) I just clipped it back into the frame just like it was a picture. 
Then I just took some twine to tie in the back to hang my chalkboard up.

And here's the finished product!

I wanted to hang it in a place we could write inspirational things & see it everyday. It hangs right by our front door, so we can read it anytime we are on our way out!

How cool?!
I am now on the search to make anything & everything into a chalkboard!


  1. this has been on my list too! i might eventually have one next to every door eventually. oh well :)

  2. thank you for sharing this! i absolutely love chalkboard diy stuff :)

  3. so awesome! i made some really fun chalkboard frames for our reception. sooo fun!

    loved reading your story!!