Thifted Frame Chalkboard

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Thrifted Frame Chalkboard

For the record, I don’t live my life with the intent of finding the shiniest, goldiest, gaudiest things, (Insert Maury Povich: “and the lie detector test determined, that was a lie.”) but sometimes the clouds part, the sun shines through, angels sing, and BAM! There they are.

I found these two beauties at a yard sale just down the street from my house. I wasn’t even looking for a yard sale. It was one o’clock in the afternoon and we were on our way home from a long bike ride. But, of course, we had to stop. As soon as I got out of the car, the guy says, “Everything on the left is 25 cents. We just want it gone.” I almost cried real tears of joy, but I pulled myself together and began to peruse.
One of the best ways to get a killer deal at a yard sale is to go at the end. At this point people just want to get rid of their stuff so they don’t have to pack it all back up. Genius, I know. Take a minute. Soak in the wisdom.

The sticker said $3, which I would have gladly paid. I mean, do you see how gaudy these babies are?!  But because of our perfect timing, I got them both for only 50 cents!

Now, I’m not saying the pictures aren’t perfectly lovely, they just aren’t my style. And although gaudy and gold makes my heart sing, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I’ve decided to turn one of them into a fun, functional thrifted frame chalkboard. It’s easier than you might think and will cost me a fraction of what it would if I were to buy a decorative chalkboard like this in a similar size.

First I separated the frame from the glass and cleaned them both really well. I just used a tiny bit of dish soap and water for the frame and Windex for the glass.
I did the frame part first. This frame is made out of a plastic material so I decided to use a spray paint that adheres to plastic.
This Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint + Primer (Geez. That’s a mouthful!) is BY FAR my favorite paint. For everything. I LOVE spray paint. A lot.
It covers so well and I love the spray nozzle. It also comes in a ton of great colors! You can find it at many different retailers. The Ace Hardware store by my house has it on sale right now for 2 for $5! I decided to use red.
Spray painting isn’t rocket science, but it is a learn as you go kind of thing. The more you do it the better you will be at it. There are tons of little tricks I have learned through trial and error. One thing I will say is that it’s better to do a couple of thin coats rather than one thick one. I did two coats on this frame.
While the frame was drying, I did the chalkboard part. There are a few different options for chalkboard paint. Spray or roll on. I can’t say which I like best because I have only used the Rustoleum spray which cost me about $4. The roll on kind was around $10, but it will cover a much larger surface area. If you are using the roll on kind you will want to use a small foam roller to prevent any streaks.
Next, I just sprayed the glass part of my frame. I used a back and forth motion and made sure to spray thin and evenly. I ended up doing 3 coats.
P.S. If you are doing this outside and a bug lands on the glass, immediately wipe him off and re-spray the area. 😉
Once the frame and glass were both completely dry (24 hours for chalkboard paint) I put them back together and prepped the chalkboard surface. In order to prep the chalkboard for use you have to use the side of a piece of chalk and cover the entire chalkboard, then wipe it all off.
That’s it!
Easy right?? Feel free to comment or email with any questions! And don’t forget to like on Facebook and share with your friends!

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  • Lisa July 18, 2014 at 1:13 am

    That is absolutely adorable!!

    • Kari July 18, 2014 at 4:06 am

      Thanks! :)

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