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:

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
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  • Shirley Louma Shirley Louma on Feb 05, 2017
    What do you mean when you say you "prime" it after you paint it?

  • Patty Patty on Jun 25, 2017
    Could I use black craft paint?

  • Mea19521207 Mea19521207 on Apr 26, 2018

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


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