Hello beautiful friends!
Today, I’m sharing what I did with this framed cardboard rooster art I picked up at the thrift store for half off of $8.75:
The rooster was actually quite faded and the cardboard was warped, so it was time to say good bye!
To redo this piece, I first needed to remove the picture that was held in place by many staples. Once I had those removed and the frame empty, I gave it a quick wipe down.
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I chose Dixie Belle’s truest black, Caviar, for this piece and gave it two coats:
The reason I chose the black is because I had planned to use the Morning Farmhouse transfer on this piece to keep the rooster theme alive!
Isn’t it so cute? Unfortunately, none of the pieces were really small enough to squeeze within the frame. Bummer!
So, I tried to find something else that might be pretty over the black and chose this gorgeous Trellis Flowers transfer:
This one has a few longer narrow pieces, as well as several individual blooms that I could use. Isn’t it just beautiful?
Adding a transfer to frame moulding
It can be tricky to apply a transfer to all the ridges in a frame.
For this one, I started by keeping the backing on it and just folding it over a bit while I burnished that small section:
Then I folded it back a bit more and so on…
I took my time placing pieces where I wanted them.
Be sure you are done applying the tranfer where you want it because they won’t adhere well over the wax.
Then I wiped away any excess with a clean soft cloth and buffed the surface until smooth:
Making a Chalkboard
Yep! I’m making it into a chalkboard!
Chalkboards may not be “on trend” anymore, but I still personally love them and have a large one hanging in our kitchen that we all use all the time!
Plus, they still sell great for me, so I’m definitely not alone!
I set the frame aside once it was done and set out to make my chalkboard to replace the cardboard rooster.
To do that, I cut a piece of hardboard (it’s like pegboard but without the holes) to fit the frame. I find it at the Home Depot in 4 x 8′ sheets for around $11 these days. I can get several chalkboards out of one sheet, and the guys at the Home Depot will cut them for you if you like.
I used my Ryobi Jig Saw to cut mine, and I cut a few at the same time.
To turn them into chalkboards, I used my favorite chalkboard paint by Rustoleum:
It takes two to three light coats for solid coverage.
Once they were dry, I seasoned them by rubbing chalk across the entire surface:
Then I wiped it off with a soft cloth:
My favorite chalk comes in this simple packaging that can be found in the bins along the checkout line at Michaels:
It doesn’t tend to scratch your surface like some others I’ve tried.
Once my chalkboard was done, I secured it in the frame using my Logan Point Driver:
This thing is awesome if you need to secure chalkboards, mirrors, artwork, etc, into their frames.
Here is how this frame took on a whole new purpose!
The Trellis Flowers transfer stands out so nicely against the black…
I’d love to see it against something white or ivory.
Let’s get in a little closer…
I wanted to add something to break up the black of the frame and the dark chalkboard, so I added a bit of Gold gilding wax…
That lamp is one I redid to share how to rewire a lamp.
I took it apart and completely reconfigured it. See how it started HERE.
How to Fancy Up your Chalkboard Writing
Here’s a simple way to make your writing a little more fancy looking. While it does help to have nice penmanship, there is another trick to making the writing prettier!
I start by writing what I want on my chalkboard as nicely as one can with a piece of chalk…
Then, I lay the tip of my chalk on it’s side so I get a bit of a thicker line and highlight every down stroke…
The upstrokes I leave as is…a bit thinner. This also gives you the chance to even everything out a bit.
The end result is much nicer than the original…
You can scroll up and see the difference!
Ms. Rice, my student teacher at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, CA in the early eighties, if you’re out there, you had the most beautiful handwriting I had ever seen. I tried endlessly to replicate it!
The frame looks like different sizes in the before and after above, but the before was on its side and I turned it upright.
This chalbaord is way more functional than the cardboard rooster!
I have one more simple makeover for you from this haul.
This one started out as this bulletin board I found marked down to $4.98:
I usually like to redo these by covering the corkboard with fabric, but chalkboards sell better for me, so while I was already making one, I grabbed this one too!
It just got a simple paint job with a couple of coats of Cotton:
After painting, I lightly sanded here and there and then sealed this one with a matte spray sealer from Rustoleum.
I covered the backs of both of these to make them nice and finished on both sides…
I used matte Mod Podge to adhere it and trimmed it out using a razor knife.
This patterned Kraft paper comes in a multi-pack with different patterns HERE and has a nice weight to it making it perfect for this purpose!
I added sawtooth hangers for hanging:
These are some I redid a while back, but this shows how I take them to my booth to sell:
I sew up the little bags and attach them so I can include a couple of pieces of chalk.
That’s two chalkboards for my booth and two more projects done yay!
See anything you might have missed at the links below:
Here are 13 more ways to repurpose a frame:
See them all HERE!
I won’t be here on Thursday with it being Thanksgiving, but I’m already working on next week’s makeovers. I’m trying to stock my booth, so I have several things going!
I am SO thankful for each and every one of YOU! ❤️
I hope my friends here in the US have a blessed Thanksgiving, and I’ll see y’all on Tuesday with this gem:
UPDATE: This dresser got all the love! See it HERE now!
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