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!!!

I’m linking to:

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Re-Create Into Something New @ Not So Simple Housewife

Pinkolicious Thursday @ Frugalicious Me

Time to Shine @ A Diamond In the Stuff

Show Me What You Got @ Not Just A Housewife

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop

A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday On Tuesday

Penny Pitching Wednesday at The Thrifty Home


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  1. just fabulous as always!!!! i am in LOVE with that green one also!!!! really GORGEOUS!!!!!!! hugs…

  2. These are great Mandy!
    I have 2 antique cabinet doors I found on the side of the road that I have been staring @ trying to figure out what the heck I’m gonna do with them. Now I know! Thanks for the inspiration Mandy!

  3. WOW! So many chalkboards so many place’s to hang them. I really like the last image…The blue one is gorgeous! I’m thinking of buying some of ASCP in the Old Violet to do a wooden box with cubbies and a handle.

  4. They all look beautiful Mandy! I would have a hard time choosing just one. I bet your boutique in Nov will be a hit!

  5. Love this! You girls have been busy! Thanks for the tutorial. I love them all, but the green one is AWESOME!

  6. Yes, – LOVE the green one too! Beautiful!

  7. Oh goodness…they are fabulous. I’ve been looking for a frame to make one for myself. Visiting you through Strut Your Stuff.

  8. WOW Mandy! These are incredible. You have been BUSY!

  9. They look great! I’ve done something similar, but couldn’t bring myself to change the frame. But seeing how great yours turned out maybe I’ll have a go after all.
    Wish you a good day 🙂

  10. I love them, they are all so pretty. I really love the green one myself!! I have been wondering for a while, and you may can help me with this, do you know if you can paint directly onto a mirror with chalk board paint? I have the best framed mirror that I am not using that would be the perfect chalk board for my kitchen!!

  11. What a Fabulous Post ~ Those frames came out wonderful,
    Thank you for Sharing…

  12. Wow, you were sure busy with all that painting! I love love love that green frame, love the details! Happy Monday!

  13. I love the chalkboards. They are so easy to make and are great for just about any room in the house. Love the green one you made. I am following you now.

  14. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Wish I had this when I made mine. Skipped a step or two. Yours sounds really good. Just found your lovely blog via Mod Vintage LIfe. (newest follower)

  15. They are all beautiful but the provence one is my favorite because of the colors. Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  16. All so beautiful, but really like the green one. Love chalkboard anything. Thanks so much for linking to Sunday’s Best. Always great seeing your inspiration.

  17. I love chalkboards and loved your tutorial on making them. I’m thinking they would be great Christmas gifts! Thank you for sharing!

  18. What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great work! Love the assortment of colors.

  20. BEAUtiful!!! Thank you so much for linking up with the frog!! These are absolutely amazing!!

  21. OOO! All of the frames!

  22. Your frames – chalkboards are so pretty!

  23. I love your chalkboard. I still have not made one, but want to. Thanks for the inspiration. I would love for you to join my weekly linky. Fri-mon come strut your stuff.

  24. I LOVE the green one as well! I can’t believe how many you guys have made! Geez! They are awesome though! 🙂

  25. These look great! I love the colors and they are perfectly distressed. Thanks for sharing at my House Party!

  26. Wow, I’m in love with these frames – especially when you applied the breathtaking colors to them. I can’t even pick a favorite. Each one is so unique & beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

  27. Amazing! thanks for the tutorial!

  28. You really are the project queen! All of the frames are so pretty. I’m really liking the green one and the blue one that you have claimed! That is a nice tutorial too!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  29. They came out great Mandy! I agree, the large green one is amazing!

  30. This is such a great post, everyone love a chalkboard, but not everyone knows how to make one! I am going to include this in my linky party tomorrow. Thanks!

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