diy framed chalkboard

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!

diy framed chalkboard

diy framed chalkboard

materials

  • picture frame with glass
  • spray paint (if painting the frame)
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • masking tape
  • chalk/chalk pen

instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Spray chalkboard paint directly onto the glass. There was no need to sand down the glass.
  6. Apply additional coats as needed once dry. I applied approximately three coats.
  7. Once dry, pull up masking tape.
  8. 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.
  9. Use a wet cloth to erase the chalk you used to prep the board.
  10. Write or draw something on your new chalkboard!
the original frame - i left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

the original frame – I left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

touched-up frame

touched-up frame

taped off prior to the chalkboard spray paint

taped off for the chalkboard spray paint

chalkboard spray paint - my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint – my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use - it is my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use!

ready for the second/third coats

ready for the second/third coats

finished, drying product

finished, drying product

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

prepping the chalkboard

prepping the chalkboard

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with - thanks abbey!

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with – thanks abbey!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

taylor brass

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