How To Make a Chalkboard Using A Vintage Frame

I hope everyone is having a great week.  I can’t believe that Wednesday is here already.  This week is FLYING by!

My BFF and I have been preparing for a Boutique coming up in mid-November.  We have been visiting thrift stores and yard sales for the past 3 months and we have made a MILLION BAZILLION chalkboards in the last few weeks (a little exaggeration here..but it feels that way!).

Here are a few pics of our chalkboards:

Primed and ready to be painted.

This one is HUGE  4 x 3 – very distressed.  It will be amazing when it’s done.

This is also a large one.  Gorgeous in Annie Sloan’s Provence with her dark  wax.

I wish I had a spot in my house to put this amazing green one.
Lots of detail.  One of my favorites!

Corner detail of the green chalkboard above.
I used a latex paint and a brown wax (not Annie Sloan’s…imagine that!)

I should be saying frames! ha! They don’t have the chalkboards in them!

Here are some that are finished.
Well, almost…except for the cabinet door…see it?
Can’t decide if we are doing a chalkboard on this one or something else.

and a few more…

and this one I brought home for ME!!!!

These are only a FEW of the chalkboards that we have been working on.  Most of them have the chalkboard part in them now.  We are finishing up the backs of them (just using a brown paper like you would see if you got a picture framed from Michael’s).

Here is a short tutorial (because they are so easy to make).

1.  Take the back off of your frame (save the cardboard part for cutting your board).
2.  Paint, distress, wax or glaze your frame the way you want it.
3.  Cut your board the width of the inside of the frame (I use Masonite hardboard 1/4″)
4.  Prime your board with a gray primer (I used spray).
5.  Sand with a fine grit sandpaper and make sure all of the dust is off before you paint with the chalkboard paint.
6.  Paint the board with your chalkboard paint.  It comes in a spray or a can that you can apply with a brush or sponge brush.
7.  When it is dry, attach the board to your frame.  I like to use Glazing Push Points.  They are very easy to use! They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
8.  You can finish off the back of your chalkboard with material, brown paper, or you really don’t have to put anything on the back.
9.  Before you write on your chalkboard, be sure to “season” it.  This is done by using the side of your chalk and rubbing all over the chalkboard.  Wipe with a soft cloth.  **NOTE** Instructions on the chalkboard paint say to wait 3 days before doing this so the paint cures.

They are so fun and make me happy when I look at them all!!!

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