I love chippy chalkboards made from thrift store picture frames. Today I’m going to show you how to knock a bunch out at one time. Be sure to stay with me through the entire post because I have a great giveaway from our friends at Homeright.com .
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How to make chippy chalkboards
I got a great deal on a bunch of picture frames recently. Some of them were 80% off.
Small hand tools are perfect for dismantling frames.
Remove Hardware and Glass
There were staples and points that needed to be removed carefully. Needle nose pliers were handy for pulling staples and more.
This cute little gold frame was a double frame—I have no idea what it’s really called. I removed the smaller frame and discarded it. All the cardboard was put in the recycling bin and the glass was passed on to a friend that uses it in his business.
Visit Homeright for Painting Details
Here’s the pile of frames I dismantled. Hop over to Homeright.com/diy to see how I painted and distressed these frames to their chippy goodness! Bonus: You’ll see how easy it was to change these from picture frames to chalkboards. While you’re there check out all their latest projects completed by my blogger friends.
I love, love, love how all these frames turned out. White was my color of choice, however I think reds and smoked glaze frames would also be very pretty!
How to achieve chippy paint distressing
Here’s my secret to getting the perfect distressed chippy paint and it works perfectly with the Super Finish Max Extra. It’s Petroleum Jelly! I applied it randomly with a cotton swab, then painted right over it. More details on the Homeright post Paint All The Things Picture Frames .
Install plywood chalkboard
Adding the thin plywood to the picture frames to turn them into chalkboards was easy with my Logan Point Driver. I find that this point driver works much better than a staple gun, however if you only have that option—by all means use it.
Embellish Chalkboard with Chalk Art
This small chippy chalkboard gets easy artwork added using my white chalkology paste and this I Love You transfer. You simply apply the chalk paste, wipe off the excess and then carefully remove the transfer.
A really large chalkboard is decorated with white chalkology paste and two transfers, Stay Awhile and Love Grows Here. While doing large transfers, it’s best to do them one at a time so the chalk paste doesn’t dry out.
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Display Chippy Chalkboards with Chalk Art
Finally, I can have pretty chalkboards that are so easy to decorate! I love all of my Chalk Couture products. I believe Glendale will be the year of the chalkboards now that I can make them so pretty. The chalk paste is totally temporary unless I spray it with a poly sealant.
I love making chalkboards, they’re popular with my customers. This chippy chalkboard is hanging in my hall. I may not want to take it down!
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This is a sponsored post for Homeright, but y'all know how much I love my paint sprayers. All projects and thoughts are from my own little head.
I would paint my bedroom suit I had as a small child. It is over 60 years old and this sprayer sure would make the work easier!
I would paint the nice dresser in my garage and then move it to the room.
I want to do picture frames too. I love painting rocks too.
I would paint our dining room chairs.
I have a three year old that is so creative. I want to paint his table and the open wall in his room to turn them into a chalk board. He would love it and what a wonderful surprise! Thank you for this tip!
I have a couple things around here that need a new paint job. I love redoing furniture. I have a table right now I have been itching to paint.
I have some old Adirondack chairs I would love to refinish.
Great ideas for those ubiquitous frames we all seem to find.
Love the chalkboards! I want to make some! 🙂
I would paint my dining room table and buffet.
I just love your blog. Sometimes, I read so much I don't get anything done!!
Thank you so much for the kind words Kathie! It means a lot to me. 🙂
The frames are lovely! I do have a project that will work with the Homeright sprayer. I picked up at an estate sale, a headboard and footboard. Really old, but in good shape. I plan on giving it a good cleaning and then painting it for the master bedroom. The Homeright sprayer would be a great help in completing the project!
Gail, I love what you do!
What an easy and beautiful way to make chippy chalkboards! I would love to win this raffle! Thank you for this opportunity!
Your chalkboards came out so pretty! It seems like the petroleum jelly makes the distressing so much easier, great tip! I hope you have a great time at Haven, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you were all up to there!!
What an awesome way to tie in your diy skills with the chalkology method. Really cool way to knock out a bunch of items all at one time. I didn't realize you could buy chalkboard plywood! Is it at home supply stores?
I always enter the HomeRight giveaways. Would love, love any of their products for my stash of projects. Thanks for the opportunity!
Yes the big box stores sell chalkboard plywood. If you hop over to the homeright site to see the painting details you'll see that I painted my own plywood with chalkboard paint using my Finish Max. 🙂
An IKEA Alex unit. I got it on clearance for a great price but it is the wrong color to go with n my craft room.
We have a wood shed that was an Exlarge Play house for our sons. We turned it into a shed for all my garden decor,pots,chairs etc. It’s about 32 yrs old now and it’s time for another repaint. The Sprayer would make my work a lot easier to get the job done. Now picking out a new color (instead of barn red) will be Fun!
I have a bookshelf that needs painting. The picture frames turned out great!
I could really use this for a bathroom refresh project that I’m working on. I have a lot of wainscoting to paint and have a few decor projects to finish it off.
I do chalkboards all the time Gail. Must try the paste and stencils though. Looks like a fun thing to do!
It's not only fun Jennie, but oh so easy!
I love painting things using this technique. Thrift stores always have wooden boxes or cigar boxes. Line the inside with fabric or pretty paper. Paint Vaseline paint, antique a little, and glue a big brooch to the top, maybe some metal corners and done. I sold a lot of them when I had an Etsy shop, for jewelry, to hide the TV clickers, or whatever.
How timely is this post ! One of my step daughter's and I have been thrift shopping,attending auctions ,and scouring yard sales ,even free items for potential wedding decor for next Spring. Boxes of picture frames , baskets, lanterns, a birdcage and even a decorative wire castle along with hula hoops and wire lamp part rings . Hoping the heat wave backs off just a bit to spray paint. the Homeright Finish Max sure would be handy ! Here's hoping !
Wow love the chippy chalkboards! I am in the middle of painting my kitchen and I would use the paint gun for painting my cabinets!!
These are terrific! You know what I love best about you're Homeright spray posts? How it is obvious that you use that sprayer a lot! That baby is painted up and well loved. lol I never like it when folks look like the sprayer is brand new. lol