Hey there friends!
Did you have a good weekend? It was pretty low-key around here… but with Monday around the bend (Sorry for reminding you) we’re picking up the pace on our to-do list around the house… Work hard, play hard!
Do you remember during my farmhouse kitchen tour update, I mentioned needing something on that blank wall by the hallway?
Some of you agreed with the idea of a chalkboard going on that wall (I knew we were friends for a reason). I wanted it to be in a pretty frame, but as where some places big old frames are a dime a dozen – I find them quite scarce in my area… so I knew I’d have to spend a bit more.
Luckily, I managed to find a frame with a mirror inside at an antique store for $40. I loved the frame and the finish, so no spray painting would be required – so that saved a few bucks, at least. 😉
For your own DIY framed chalkboard you will need:
A frame you love
Paint or Spraypaint (Optional)
A paint brush, sponge brush, or roller
Saw of your choice
The first thing you want to do is open up the back of the frame, remove any backing, image, or mirror inside. You’ll want to use the back of the picture frame – or what was inside – as a guide to trace the appropriate size you’ll need to cut on your plywood, so once you’re done that, go ahead and cut it out.
This is also the perfect opportunity to paint your frame if you want it to have a different colour or finish. 🙂
When your wood is cut, it’s time to apply your chalkboard paint. I laid down paper and garbage bags as a protective surface – this stuff is oil based so you’ll want to be careful not to get it anywhere you don’t want it!
I applied the oil paint with a sponge brush, and tried to apply it with even, long strokes. This product is very thick, and the instructions recommend you not to over-brush to avoid streaks. Mine had some streaks anyway, but I love a good home-made look. 😉
Let your paint dry, then apply a second coat.
When your plywood is dry, insert it back into your frame – and hang!
Let me know if you try this for yourself, or have any other great chalkboard paint projects to share!
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