This easy, step by step tutorial on turning a framed picture into a chalkboard can be done on any ugly thrift store pictures that just happen to be in a beautiful frame. Hate the picture but love the frame? Well, here’s one solution to that problem.
This post was sponsored by Poppie’s Paint Powder.
Have you ever found a picture frame that you just loved, but you absolutely hated the picture? Well, next time be sure to grab that baby up because there are plenty of fun projects you can do with it. Today I’m going to show you just how easy it is turn a framed picture into a chalkboard.
I found this beautiful picture long before my blogging days began and so this is the only before picture I have. And I don’t have any in progress pictures because I didn’t have a need to take any.
Since this is such a simple and fun project, I thought I would just walk you through the steps without having pictures to guide you along.
So here we go…
Ain’t she a beauty y’all?
I know, right? It was totally amazing no one had snatched this cute little cat picture up.
I saw potential written all over it. I loved the grooved frame and the little strip of burlap because, you know, burlap was really in 18 months ago. And I felt like $8 was fair price for a solid wood frame with a damaged cat picture. See the white spot towards the top? Someone had stuck a price tag right on the picture.
I started out by cleaning the frame up a little to remove any lingering dust. I flipped the picture over and noticed it was being held in place by staples so I just bent those suckers up and removed the picture from the frame.
Now it would be easy to paint the picture with chalkboard paint without having to worry about getting the black paint on the frame. Chalkboard paint is different than chalk paint so make sure you get the right stuff.
I used some cheap chalkboard paint I purchased from a big craft store.
And I hated it.
I would recommend getting a well known brand from someplace like Home Depot. You might pay more but it will be well worth it in the long run. Follow the directions on the can for the number of coats and the drying time between coats.
Those directions are there for a reason believe it or not.
For years I just used them as a suggestion. You know, “Let dry 4 to 6 hours between coats”. Seriously, who has time for that??? Surely they meant 2 to 3 hours (or less), right? Apparently not. You’re paint job will turn out much better when the directions have been followed to a T.
After finishing the chalkboard paint, I moved onto painting the picture frame with some off white paint and distressing it. After everything had sufficient drying time, I put it back together and this is what it looked like in my Beverage Station pictures…
I think it turned out quite cute. And I bet you would have never guessed there was a lioness underneath that black chalkboard paint at one point in time.
After painting it, I figured out I’m really not a chalkboard type of gal. While I think they are quite attractive for the farmhouse look, I simply cannot take the time to write on it, erase it, and then do it all over again.
Just ask my boys about my dry erase board from the first week of school last year. It still has the same schedule for that first week of school even though it sat in our kitchen for half of the school year. One day I quietly slipped it into the closet so the boys would stop making fun of me.
Sigh. I would like to point out that I do have other great qualities. Keeping up a flowing message board just isn’t one of them.
This weekend I created a nicely organized Kitchen Command Center. I repurposed the old lioness/chalkboard sign to make a frame for my calendar. I gave the frame a fresh coat of white paint using Poppie’s Paint Powder and white acrylic craft paint to make my own homemade chalk paint. I stenciled a fun design on the top of the chalkboard because the good Lord knows I’ll never be writing on the chalkboard no matter how many good intentions I may have.
The stencil was from Martha Stewart’s Vintage Decor Stencils.
Now isn’t this cute y’all?
And I love how it looks in my kitchen command center.
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