Ever since we moved into our new home I've been wanting a chalkboard for the kitchen. My first inspiration came from Janell at Isabella & Max Rooms. She has a great tutorial on how to build your own chalkboard message board, which you can find here. I would have loved to do this, but decided to go with something a bit simpler. During a recent trip to Goodwill, I stumbled upon this beauty:
For $4 I couldn't pass up such a great wooden frame. I didn't want a huge board, so this was just the right size, and I loved the depth of the wood--perfect for what I wanted.
After removing the glass and picture from the frame, I spray painted the entire frame with Krylon gloss white (sorry, no pictures). When I turned it over to finish, I didn't check to make sure the paint was dry, so when I thought I was ready to complete my project, there was newspaper stuck to the frame! Distressing hadn't been in my original plan, but thanks to my moment of neglect the chalkboard frame is beautifully distressed and I love it!
My husband told me a few weeks ago that if I was going to distress anything else I needed to research more how to do it. This was his gentle way of saying that what I had tried didn't look right. He agreed that I did a much better job with this distressing job. Thanks, honey.
The chalkboard is simply the original picture and glass, just spray painted with chalkboard spray paint. I applied 4 coats of paint, allowed it to dry for 24 hours, and then rubbed chalk over the entire surface. It sat like this for a couple of weeks until we finally got around to hanging it last night.
Here's a little tip for hanging large frames that might move around (such as when writing on a chalkboard):
Cut triangle shaped pieces of felt for each corner of your frame. Then attach with hot glue.
The hardware needed to be replaced, so Bradley attached some new hooks and placed a piece of wire across the entire frame.
Here's the finished product:
I love that I can use this chalkboard for all kinds of things, but right now it's a scriptural reminder of what I need to work on this week.
|The breakfast nook with new chalkboard and fresh flowers from a sweet friend.|
End of August Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality