Can a chalkboard be gorgeous? Well, let’s find out! Hello, sweet friends! I am down to two frames and three oars in my current haul and today, I am sharing how to turn a frame into a gorgeous chalkboard using the two leftover frames.
Here are the two frames I have left:
I rarely pass up a good frame. How about you?
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I gave them both a quick cleaning with White Lightning and they were ready for paint!
This frame was a solid find at only $6:
I gave it two coats and once they were dry, I lightly sanded to smooth using a Sanding Sponge.
How do you make a chalkboard gorgeous?
With a transfer, of course!
I just got in several new transfers, moulds, and decoupage papers in my Etsy shop on Friday (Everything new is on the first page of my shop!), and this beautiful Salon de Diane Maxi Transfer was one of the new transfers:
The petite size of the roses made it perfect for that blank space in the frame.
EDITED TO ADD 1/31 : This transfer is sold out already, but I have more on the way! 💕
I started by cutting the pieces apart and laying them out.
I decided not to take it over the detailed outer edge, so I cut each piece straight and then lined it up from that outer edge to apply it:
To make it easier, I applied this transfer in several small pieces, matching the design back up when I added them.
Then I buffed away any excess with a clean soft cloth:
Making the Chalkboard
I cut a piece of hardboard for each using my Ryobi jigsaw:
If you’ve never used a saw before and want to try your hand at it, this is a good one to start with. It’s not intimidating at all. I have the cordless version that uses the Ryobi batteries, but it comes in a corded version also.
I don’t have a sophisticated cutting bench either (takes up too much valuable space). I literally propped this up onto two storage bins and cut between them lol.
Next, I used my go to chalkboard spray paint from Rustoleum:
Once they were dry, I seasoned them by rubbing chalk across the entire surface:
(I borrowed these pics from another post, hence the red nails :). )
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.
Finally, I covered the back with this pretty paper I picked up from Amazon:
I used matte Mod Podge on the frame and then applied the paper. I trimmed with a razor blade. The transfer tool is great for smoothing out any wrinkles in your paper. I actually find it works better for on this and on decoupage paper than transfers.
I don’t know if it’s gorgeous, but it sure is pretty!
I just love pink florals against a blue background.
I ended up going back and adding some Gold Gilding wax to the edges…
The second frame was part of the goodies my reader friend brought me who also gave me the glass knobs I used as feet HERE.
It was in excellent condition and I didn’t even have to remove anything.
This one got a much more simple makeover in Cotton white:
The Belle Brush makes it so much easier to paint the details on pieces like this.
Then, I used a sanding sponge to distress the edges…
I sealed this frame the same way using Best Wax in Clear.
This one is pretty simple!
I just picked up that jar that I’m using for a vase at the thrift store last week for $6.
It had a metal band around the top but the handle was missing, so I just removed the metal band.
It makes a great vase!
I expected gold to come through when I sanded, but I got this darker color…no complaints here!
I still love a chalkboard in my home, and I still sell them in my booth, so I continue to make them!
Only one more to go!!
Here is everything I’ve completed from this haul so far!
Painting the Smalls #24 (Six mini makeovers!)
All I have left from my fall haul are these three oars:
Y’all, I need to SHOP! All I have is four lamps. Yep, the only items I have bought so far are lamps lol!
Check out all the BRAND NEW transfers, moulds, decoupage papers, silk colors and more in my shop HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with these oars!
UPDATE: See how they look now HERE!
See ya then!
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