Hello sweet friends!! We got a lovely break in the rainy weather this weekend and I was able to finally finish up the repurposing of these frames:
Frames are something I always check out at the thrift store. Usually the max I’ll spend is around $5 or $6 dollars unless it is really large or ornate, and when I already have an abundance of frames at home, I just look out for really good deals. I paid $18 total for all four of these frames that I’m sharing today.
I had planned to turn them all into chalkboards. When I went to Home Depot to pick up more hardboard, they didn’t have any. Hardboard is what I make my chalkboards out of and it is like pegboard but without the holes. I usually buy it in 4X8 sheets for around $8. They do sell smaller cuts, but you get more for your money buying the larger sheets.
What they did have though was whiteboard or dry-erase board like you would use with dry-erase markers for just a few dollars more. When you flip it over, it is hardboard on the other side! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I decided to actually use the white board on a couple this time. I started with this taller frame that was marked $6.25 and was 50% off that.
This artwork was way past its expiration date, so I didn’t feel bad about ditching it at all!
I combed the house in search of dry erase markers, but couldn’t find a one, so I edited in the words. Wouldn’t this be great to hang in the kitchen? As a mom who cooks at least five days a week, I appreciate having a plan ahead of time!
You can always cut the letters out in vinyl if you have a Silhouette or Cricut or you can buy a set on Amazon HERE!
You want to be sure not to allow any sealer to pool in those crevices or those areas will appear yellow. (If that happens, just paint right over and seal again.) I keep my sponge pretty dry. You can even opt not to seal something like this at all, but I like the light sheen the clear coat adds.
I treat my sponge much like my brushes. I will just wrap it in saran wrap in between coats or projects and wait until I am completely done to rinse it out.
Not bad for a $3 thrift store frame!
Up next is the smallest of the three:
This one was on clearance for $1.99.
I used the backside of the dry-erase board this time and coated it in two coats of Rustoleum’s chalkboard spray to turn it into a chalkboard:
For this one, I removed what was inside, gave it two coats of Cotton, and then used my distressing block (See how I do that HERE.) to bring out the details. Again, I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin using their blue applicator sponge.
I didn’t cheat the lettering this time. I actually did the lettering myself.
To make your lettering a little more fancy, after writing your words, turn the chalk on its side and make each downstroke thicker…
I’m no pro, but it does make it look a little fancier!
Up next is this medium sized frame that I found on the same day as the first one. It too was marked $6.25 but was 50% off:
I decided to make this one another dry-erase board:
Again, I cheated the lettering on this one just like in the first one. You can see by my to-do list that I’ve got real priorities these days!
I painted this frame similarly to the lowboy I shared last week, by layering the paint to get a distressed look.
And finally, I paid a little more for this next one at $9.98:
I really liked the frame though and actually kind of like the painting too.
Ya’ll know I rarely throw anything away, including these transfer remnants with the messed up lettering!
There wasn’t much left, but they were perfect to dress up this frame!
This one is my favorite.
I was still able to use the good parts of the lettering for the bottom right corner…
I’ll admit it was a bit of a challenge trying to get it to lay nicely with all of those crevices. I ended up cutting it and adding it in pieces in a couple of areas like the inside corners.
I sealed this one with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin also.
How to make a Chalkboard
I borrowed all of these photos from an older post, but this is step-by-step how I make my chalkboards:
2. Spray with two coats of Rustoleum Chalkboard spray.
3. Season the chalkboard by rubbing chalk across the entire surface.
4. Use a point driver or small nails to secure the chalk board to the frame.
I cover the back with brown paper and I love when I can find it with a pretty print like this one from Hobby Lobby…
I like these sawtooth hangers that screw in place to hang them:
And that’s four more frames out of my stash and four more pieces I can cross off my list!
Only four pieces to go!! Visit any of the makeovers you might have missed at the links below:
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper crew sharing what I did with this ornate sofa table I picked up for $22!
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to come back! See this beautiful table HERE now!!
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