DIY Framed Chalkboard


DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
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?

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
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)
Smooth plywood
Chalkboard paint
A paint brush, sponge brush, or roller
Saw of your choice

Step 1)
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. 🙂

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame

Step 2)
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!

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
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. 😉

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
Let your paint dry, then apply a second coat.

Step 3)
When your plywood is dry, insert it back into your frame – and hang!

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame

I adore this frame! I noticed a corner broke off, though… I hope I can find it in the car – Whoops!

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
I think the chalkboard fills the wall quite nicely… and I love having a pop of gold in here.

DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
DIY Chalkboard Made With A Picture Frame
Wasn’t this project so easy to do? It’s inexpensive AND unique! I think it beats the pricey chalkboards that are around decor stores. 😉

Let me know if you try this for yourself, or have any other great chalkboard paint projects to share!



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  1. Im so glad you posted this because Im getting ready to do one and it confirmed to me that plywood is a good choice vs painting on glass. Also Im saying hello from make it pretty monday. Hello!


    • Glass can be so heavy! That’s why I took it out… if you find smooth plywood it’s very inexpensive and will give you the same result – but much lighter to hang. 🙂

  2. I love the gold frame Brandi. Please come share on my Chic By You Wednesday Linky Party. Hope to see you there! ChicByTab

  3. Great chalkboard! Such a beautiful frame!

  4. I love your kitchen an that framed chalkboard was the perfect finishing touch for that wall. It all looks amazing. I’d love for you to share at The Makers if you get a chance. It is live now at Hope to see you there! Have a fantastic rest of your week.

  5. Okay, you already know I am absolutely OBSESSED with your kitchen, but this adds even more character to the space and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing at The Makers!

  6. love the frame you used…a little glam with the rustic…perfect!

  7. Oh my, it’s perfect! Looks wonderful in your amazing kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…

  8. What a regal chalkboard!

  9. Just came across this. The chalkboard looks lovely in your space. I have recently made a chalkboard and after “seasoning” it, I find it remains hazy. After wet cleaning, instructions say to season again etc. I notice your board seems darker. Did you season it or do you write on it after wet cleaning? Thanks

    • Hi Kim,

      I’ve never heard of seasoning a chalkboard! I used the oil based paint and just started to write on it off of the bat. I do clean it in-between writing though, which definitely cleans it up!

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