DIY Framed Chalkboard



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Ask my friends. I LOVE projects.  I am the best at coming up with a DIY project and getting the materials… That’s where it stops.  I’m not the best at executing projects.  This is one that I actually finished so I wanted to share it with you!
I found this framed painting at the resale shop for $35.  I really loved the frame, but the painting didn’t really go with my decor.  I decided this would be the frame for my inspirational chalkboard.  {Don’t worry, the painting went to a good home and I don’t mean the trash bin!}

Items Needed:

  1. Frame (Anything with carved details would be good.)
  2. Spray Paint (I chose white.)
  3. Plywood (The helpful people at the hardware store cut it to my specific dimensions.)
  4. Chalkboard Paint
  5. Paint Primer (I was lazy and didn’t use it.)
  6. Nylon Turn Buttons (or frame clips)
  7. Wood Screws (I used size 6 x 5/8 to fit into the turn buttons.)
  8. Screwdriver
How To:
Spray paint the frame – I did two coats.  Paint the plywood with the chalkboard paint – again, two coats of paint.  {This is where the primer would have come in handy.  My chalkboard paint went onto the plywood very streaky and isn’t smooth.}  I let both dry for 2 days, but I’m sure one day could have been adequate.  Place the chalkboard into the frame.  Screw the turn buttons onto the back of the frame to secure the new chalkboard (as shown below).
Voila!!  You’re done!  And now you have a beautifully framed chalkboard to write inspirational messages on everyday.  This chalkboard is on the wall outside of our bedroom door so it’s the first thing we see on the way out!

{For a smaller version, my friend suggested using a pretty desktop picture frame.  You can paint the glass with chalkboard paint.  It’s much simpler, and then you can have an inspiration chalkboard at work!}

Are you a DIY person?  {Do you actually finish your DIY projects, unlike me?}

Read the Comments +

  1. RAW says:

    This is a really cute idea. It turned out great.
    I’m not much of a DIY person, but I do wish I had more time to be crafty!

  2. Stacey says:

    Love your chalkboard Sam! I painted some little wooden hearts with my mum recently that we turned into mini chalkboards!


  3. Your chalkboard is adorable! The pink frame is perfect :) I am the same way, I start a DIY and never finish it, so when I do finish it’s like the greatest thing since sliced bread,lol!

  4. I absolutely love it! I am so not good at DIY projects, but you are totally making me want to try it. It’s adorable, and what a great gift idea. :)


  5. skippysays says:

    It look so good Samanatha!! I’m hopeless at DIY projects unfortunately :(

  6. I’m absolutely hopeless at DIY. The one and only Ikea chest of drawers I put together is slowly disintegrating right before my eyes.

  7. Adriana says:

    This is such a great idea it turned out great! Now I really want to make my own :]

  8. Fabrizia says:

    Wonderful idea, great result!Nice post!

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  9. Aline C. says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t complete DYI projects :p At least you get supplies though, my DIY projects end right after I come up with a brilliant idea!

  10. Sam I did not know you were a DIY person! I knew about the sequined purse but didn’t know about these other talents. YOU GO GIRL! LOL at the painting, because I was about to say…TRASH! HAHAHA I’m loving your chalkboard!!! And you even used colored chalk. LOVE your script handwriting and hearts. :D

  11. Love this…there are so many crafty projects I want to try, I really need to get around to this!
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  12. The chalkboard came out great Sam! I love DIY projects BUT I can never get it to come out as nicely as I had it planned in my head. One of these days I will try to put more effort in it when I have the time. This one came out awesome. I love the old picture that the frame came in too. I’ve always wanted to live in a secluded cottage and that looks like my dream home ;)

  13. I wish I could be a DIY person but unfortunately I am far too lazy, impatient, uncoordinated to do any of my own. But that doesn’t stop me from flipping through the pages of Martha Stewart Living and wishing …

  14. This is amazing Sam! I am well……….not a diy person. I live in a 1,000 SF condo so I am quite limited to what I can do, and anything that has strong fumes is definitely not worth doing in my place! I may need to see if I can do a mini chalk board version at my parents house ;)

  15. kat @ paper doll theory says:

    love this SO much!! must make this for my apartment :) following you on twitter!

    love kat

  16. Divya @ Saved By The BEHL says:

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I love that frame! And your sweater is to die for! I bet it would super cute with your leather leggings too!

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