When Krista and Chase threw their Not-So-Grown-Up Housewarming Party I knew that I wanted to bring something to ‘warm’ their home. My initial thought was obviously to bring “Green Chile and Cheddar Cheese Cornbread.” But even though cheesy cornbread is a great gift for any occasion in my opinion, (and I even used extra cheddar cheese just for Krista) I decided to also make something a bit more sentimental.
So I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and crafting outside with the pups. The end result was a gold framed chalkboard with a quick inspirational quote to tie it all together. And what is best of all is that unlike the cornbread that was finished off the next morning by the hungover boy, that this gift will last and can hopefully ‘warm’ their next home!
- picture frame with glass
- spray paint (if painting the frame)
- chalkboard spray paint
- masking tape
- chalk/chalk pen
- Pick a frame, preferably with glass already in it so you don’t have to size a piece of glass. You will be painting directly over the glass, so the picture inside doesn’t matter. I picked mine up from a local consignment store.
- If you are redoing the frame, place masking tape around the glass up to the frame. The frame was already slightly gold but I touched it up with a little gold spray paint that I had at home.
- Once dry, pull up masking tape. Distress frame as desired. I ran a few pieces of sandpaper over the frame to rough it up a bit.
- Tape around the glass on the frame. Make sure to tape all the way around the frame so the chalkboard paint doesn’t get onto the frame.
- Spray chalkboard paint directly onto the glass. There was no need to sand down the glass.
- Apply additional coats as needed once dry. I applied approximately three coats.
- Once dry, pull up masking tape.
- Prep the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk over entire surface. The chalkboard spray paint that I used indicated that it needed 24 hours to dry. I had about 4 hours for the whole project so I let the frame sit in the sun, and it dried perfectly fine without waiting a night.
- Use a wet cloth to erase the chalk you used to prep the board.
- Write or draw something on your new chalkboard!