I think we all agree that a chalkboard is one of the best ways to remind yourself of something important. I've become quite dependent on the repurposed cabinet door chalkboard I keep in my kitchen.
Gather some sample paint colors you love
Mix your own chalkboard paint in your favorite color
Condition your new chalkboard
After allowing a couple of coats to dry, I sanded the chalkboard and then conditioned it by rubbing the chalk across the board.
Add your new chalkboard to your best thrift store picture frame
I think this is one of my favorite colors of chalkboard paint. As you can see the chalk shows up just fine.
I love the detail on this frame. To bring out the detail, I actually glazed it with some burnt umber. It seems to pick up the color from the chalkboard.
Don't forget to add a hanger on the back of the frame
As I was trying to put the hangers on this little guy I hammered and hammered and the little brad nail would NOT go in. What’s a girl to do? Reach for a big ole strong gorilla! This Gorilla Super Glue adheres so quickly and strong, it was perfect for this job! I have no idea what this frame is made of, but I don’t think it’s wood!
This chalkboard paint is a very dark brown. The frame was black and I brushed a little brown over it and then distressed it slightly.
I have had this frame forever. I painted it last year and it just sat in the “frame” department in the garage. Finally, I cut a piece of luan to size and painted it with some “mix your own” chalkboard paint. It’s an oops color (almost black).
I will be selling these at Glendale Kentucky Crossing Days on October 16, 2010.
EDITED TO ADD: I used eggshell and semi-gloss finishes on my chalkboards. They both worked fine. I’m not sure I’ve ever done it with “flat” paint. I really like the semi-gloss. I tend to water mine down with just a tad of water. If you’re a regular painter, you’ll know when it’s too thick.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.