How To Create a Large Chalkboard From a Framed Picture

Do you have an old print that no longer works for your decor? You can change it into a high-end looking chalkboard with a weathered frame for pennies and with just a few DIY steps! I love projects like this since they recycle items, are doable for anyone, and are beautiful in their imperfections!
And the easy part? You paint right on the glass - no taking everything apart! What this means is you can transform {or look for at thrift stores} a nicely framed print, the kind with a finished paper backing, and be able to keep the nice backing.
I had a 20-year-old framed print that had seen better days - it no longer fit our style and the frame, while a great size and shape, was full of dings and dents with a dated speckled paint technique.
You'll want to start by painting your frame any way you'd like. I created a Restoration Hardware type of weathered wood looking frame using simple acrylic craft paints and a dry-brushing technique (more details on my blog, as always!).
After painting the frame, simply apply a regular flat black paint (did you know it works just as well as official "chalkboard" paint?) with a foam brush right on the glass, and then condition.
After hanging, all that's left is to dream about all the ways you can use this in your home - need a menu board? Welcome for guests? Seasonal or inspirational quotes?
Grab an old picture from your stash or a second hand shop and make a chalkboard today - oh, they make incredible gifts, too (think weddings - I can't imagine a newly married couple not loving this!).
Tutorial can be found at my blog url below:

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Shirley Louma
    on Feb 5, 2017

    What do you mean when you say you "prime" it after you paint it?

  • Patty
    on Jun 25, 2017

    Could I use black craft paint?
  • Mea19521207
    on Apr 26, 2018

    You say "condition" after painting it with flat black paint. How do you "condition" it?

    • Sharon Barbagallo
      on Jul 4, 2018

      Ive made chalk boards for years when my children were small. I thiink "condition" might be preparing the surface for easy writing. I would always take a piece of chalk, turn ut on its side, and rub chalk all over the finished surface, then just erase it all ( do not wash it off). You could use a dry washcloth if you dont have an eraser. Thats how I "conditioned" my chalkboards.

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  • Mary
    on Jul 15, 2019

    i made one they sure help me to not forget my my dr apointments

    • Mary
      on Jul 15, 2019

      awsome idea i made one to remind me of my dr appointments


  • Terry
    on Dec 3, 2019

    I’m doing this!

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