DIY Chalkboard Frame

Painted chalkboards have been all the rage in blogland for quite some time, and I tucked the idea away when I first saw it.  Uses for chalkboard paint are endless and oh-so fun!  You can use chalkboard paint on a pantry door, framed glass from an old picture, even an entire wall in a playroom if you’re a really brave and out-of-the-box kind of girl!  Click HERE for fabulous tutorials and ideas!

A tutorial at Take the Side Street was my inspiration to create my own small project for the kitchen.

If only my entire process was in pictures.  It has been quite the comedy of errors…broken glass, 3 year old footprints and Plasma car tracks (yes, ON the freshly painted chalkboard, multiple trips to Home Depot)  My husband will attest to the fact that we’ve been talking chalkboard paint for an awfully long number of weeks now.  He’s probably really glad the thing is on the wall!
Don’t let that scare you, though!  Chalkboard projects are actually very simple…if you know what you’re doing ahead of time:)

I started with an outdated framed print that I still had.

Disassembled the frame/backing to retrieve the glass.  Note:  Ultimately, I did not use glass because mine broke.  Glass is suitable for chalkboard paint, especially if you already have it!
Chalkboard paint comes in spray paint and regular paint form.  I chose Rust-oleum’s regular chalkboard paint and had it tinted to chocolate brown.  It’s located on the spray paint aisle at Home Depot.  If you prefer to tint the paint, choose a color from the back of the box, and the paint department at Home Depot will tint/mix the paint right there in the store.  Total cost about $14.
For the chalkboard, I purchased very thin (1/8 in) fiberboard from Home Depot.  Just go in there and ask, my friend.   You have to purchase an entire sheet of fiberboard (4×8), but the good news is, you’ll have enough pieces for chalkboards for friends.  Lots of them.
While I waited, Home Depot cut a piece to fit the frame (take your frame to be precise!), plus he cut many other smaller common sizes for future projects.  Live near me and need fiberboard?  I’ve got it:)
This frame was originally gold, and because I wanted a distressed look with a hint of brown showing through, I chose Metallic Rich Espresso paint.  You can also distress using a glaze.  See tutorial at Take the Side Street.
After I painted the frame with the Metallic Rich Espresso, I spray painted the entire frame with Rust-oleum’s Heirloom White, using a spray paint gun.  Spray paint gun highly recommended!
Then, using a very fine grit sandpaper, I randomly rubbed the frame to expose the brown paint underneath.
Pop your painted board into the frame and you have yourself a chalkboard!
This chalkboard will be perfect to display fun quotes, Bible verses, a menu, or lists!
 I chose one of my favorite quotes, and  freehanded the words using this font.  There are millions of fonts online you can freehand onto your chalkboard.  Be creative here!

Have you used chalkboard paint for a project?  I’d love to see it!
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Comments

  1. Super cute! I love it! I have some old cabinet doors sitting in my garage & patiently waiting for a fresh coat of chalkboard paint…

  2. Cute, cute, cute!!! I recently saw a kitchen where the upper cabinets were all done in chalkboard paint…and it’s where they wrote the grocery list. LOL But, anyway, one year for Christmas, I used DecoArts chalkboard paint and painted half of a corkboard/message board with the chalkboard paint for my nieces for Christmas (added chalk and personalized/fun and funky tacks for a cute Christmas gift). It was years and years ago. You and my sister have similar tastes. She had that same print in her house for a long time!

  3. Very cute! I love the font, can’t believe you did that free hand. Thanks for joining my newbie party. Enjoy your day!

  4. So glad you shared this project! We’re buying a house that’ll have a playroom in it, and I want to do a chalkboard for that room! Love your step by step guide! And yours turned out soooo cute! LOVE the font, too. Can’t believe you did that free-hand! That’s impressive, my friend!

  5. This is such a fabulous idea! I’m going to mark your blog to read more! Thanks! ♥

  6. Very cute! Awesome job, Amanda!! I have seen tons of projects with chalkboard paint, and yours is so cute!!

  7. Very cute!! I bought a small can of chalkboard paint a couple of years ago and have never opened it. Haha! I was thinking about painting the inner part of my pantry door at the new house with magnetic paint so that I can use it for all of the girls’ school stuff, etc. I think I may paint part of their closet doors with chalkboard so they can have fun with that. I saw that on a blog once. Of course, I’m a big chicken when it comes to painting….that’s why I’ve never opened the paint I bought. LOL!

  8. Totally fab chalkboard!! I love chalkboard paint!! I used it on a wall in my boys room. It is fun!!
    I’m here from Debbie’s, and I’m your newest follower!!
    xxDaniella

  9. Looks great! I love chalkboards! Have one myself and it’s one of my favorite pieces that cost so little!
    Just found your blog via Debbie’s party. I’m your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Tammy

  10. Oh goody! I just realized I was already following you. Sorry about that. I’m enjoying your blog.

  11. Love your chalkboard, especially the frame. I have one in my kitchen that I use to write myself notes or decorate seasonally. I’m a retired school teacher so I had to have one. I am coming over from Debbie’s party. I’m a newbie, too and I’m now one of your followers. Come visit me.
    http://cottageatthecrossroads.com

  12. I love your chalkboard! I have to be the last blogger on the planet to try chalk board paint. Great job despite all the problems. I am visiting from Debbie Doos and and I am your newest follower, hope you will stop by for a visit and follow me back.

    Carol

  13. How cute! It turned out very well. :)

  14. This is a super cute project! I’ve seen chalk board paint but haven’t ventured there yet. Thanks for the inspiration. Found you at the Newbie Party, I’m your newest follower.

  15. Love the font … beautiful job! :-)

  16. I love your blog and your creations. Trying to figure where I should do this in my house!
    Nanci @ the willow house blog {dot} net

  17. I haven’t done any chalkboard projects yet, but it’s on my list :) I love the saying and the font you used! Very cute!

  18. It came out perfect! I love it! Thanks for the tip about the brown paint before the white – that was my missing key to a cute shabbied up frame!

  19. Great transformation! I love it!

    I’m here from Debbiedoo’s party and am follower #99. :)

    I hope you’ll come visit my new blog too.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

  20. That was such a great transformation! I am going to make my own chalk board soon. I did chalk paint a frame in pink for my little girls room…but haven’t done anything I can write on yet. Thanks for the idea!

  21. Thought this would be a great idea for my gr8 nephew’s room – no tacs! Yay! I have followed the directions – first Rust-Oleum’s Magnetic paint – 3 thin coats then I did the 2 coats of Rust-Oleum’s Chalk Board paint which is in their tinted color of “Banner Blue” – the color on the wall is nothing that is pictured on the box even in the can. It goes on the bright blue but then turns very dark! Also having a hard time with magnets sticking- only flat advertising magnets are working. Haven’t tried chalk yet as debating to paint the tinted paint again and then I will have to wait the 3 days as directed to use. Anyone get the color right that is tinted from Rust-Oleum? I have yet to try the “Grape Fizz” in my daughter’s room. Any ideas? Thx :)