So on Sunday I was at my mom's having a birthday dinner and she gave me a bag of old picture frames. No, that wasn't my gift, but it could have been. I was happy to take them off her hands. Four of them are matching frames which I have yet to upcycle, but the fourth was this large gold frame with a mat.
I knew immediately it would make a perfect chalkboard. I have been wanting to turn a frame into a chalkboard for some time, but haven't found the right frame for the right price and FREE was right up my alley.
I liked the gold frame, but it was just too much gold. I had some white chalk paint left over from another project (more on that soon) so I quickly painted the frame. I say quickly because I really was going for the worn and weathered look and just kinda slapped the paint on there. I didn't want it perfect. I wanted the gold to show through. I wanted it looking old.
While the paint was drying - which didn't take long - I painted the cardboard backing with a layer of chalkboard paint.
I ended up adding a second coat of paint to both the frame and the backing. Then I sanded the frame down in spots with some sand paper. Like I said, I wanted the gold to show through.
Then it was time to put her back together. I left out the glass and the mat. I'm sure they'll find a new home at some point, but I didn't need them for this project.
At first I wasn't sure where I would put my chalkboard or even what I would write on it. I started with one saying written using a chalkboard marker and then I had an epiphany and realized she'd be perfect in the bathroom where I never replaced the art that had been hanging in there when I gave the powder room a
I added the cute little bunting (which may look familiar from this birdcage project) in the corner and thought I was done. Wrong.
I just didn't love her. No...wrong...I didn't love my handwriting. I am convinced I have the worst fancy typography handwriting.like.ever. If you are blessed with fancy schmanzy artsy fartsy handwriting consider yourself that - blessed. I am blessed in plenty of other ways, but not with fancy schmanzy artsy fartsy handwriting. I attempted to wipe off the chalkboard marker again, but it wasn't coming off completely. The manufacturer suggests a damp cloth...it may work on regular chalkboards, but my painted cardboard chalkboard wasn't letting go. This is just going from one fail to the next. I ended up painting another coat just to cover it up.
While that was drying I turned to my trusty Silhouette and created a design that I could cut as a stencil. I cut it on cardstock and then just laid it on top of the chalkboard and filled in the letters using the chalk paint marker.
Have you made a DIY chalkboard yet? Are you naturally talented in the handwriting department or do you cheat like me? Leave a comment below.
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