There is always something so satisfying about finally finding an item you've been hunting for.
Something like this deliciously fancy framed art turned chalkboard!
I'd been looking and looking for a beautifully detailed picture frame.
Every time I visited the thrift store I scanned for one. When we visited antique malls I looked over, under and behind. And finally…finally…I found one.
For $10 at a yard sale we happened to be driving past several weeks ago!
Initially I tried painting it with a brush and white paint and primer that I had on hand. But after four coats I could still see streaks of gold through it, so I went out and bought spray paint and primer.
Then I just waited for a nice day with no rain. (Why does it seem like every time I want to spray paint something it rains for like a week?)
After a good coat of white primer and two coats of creamy white paint, she was beautiful!
Dean so sweetly picked up and cut a piece of 1/4″ MDF for me to paint with chalkboard paint. He even glued it into the painted frame for me! (What a rockstar!)
Anyway, despite the fact that we already have a giant chalkboard in the dining room, I think this one looks so pretty in here too, don't you?
Tips for finding and creating your own fancy framed chalkboard:
- search yard sales, antique shops/malls, and thrift stores
- pay no attention to the current color of the frame, only mind the shape and details
- use a good primer
- I recommend a good spray paint as well for no streaks and brush marks
- several thin coats is far better than a thick coat of paint, no matter which kind you choose
- be sure to cure the chalkboard paint before writing on it; cover the entire surface with chalk by rubbing it with the side of the chalk
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