Thursday, August 23, 2012

{making your home your own::from frame to chalkboard}

i decided to start my {making your home your own} series with one of my first and favorite projects--the framed chalkboard.
this project starts with a could be any kind of frame--big or small. I chose this frame. I have had it for a while and i hadn't found the perfect picture for it, so i decided to turn it into a chalkboard. {and if you didn't know already, i am obsessed with anything chalkboard}

I decided to use form core for the chalkboard part because i have lots of it, but you can use anything that is sturdy and fits in your frame. {note: thick cardboard works well too}

take the glass from your frame and trace it on your foam core to make the chalkboard insert. with an exacto knife, carefully cut along your tracing.

next, in a well-ventitilated area, lay out some newspaper and spray an even coat of chalkboard paint. Let it dry for an hour and then spray another coat. Let it dry over night in a dust-free area. {note: I highly suggest using chalkboard spray paint because it's easy, fast and won't soak through.} Once dry, if there are any dust specks, light rub off with a piece of newspaper.
Finally, pop your chalkboard insert into your frame and hang.

One thing that i love this project is that it's versatile and chic. This piece is one that can be in any room and fit in with any decor. it's a last piece that does not cost very much to make.
a couple months after making this chalkboard frame i decided i wanted to move it from the kitchen to the living room. and so i decided to paint the frame so it would better suit the living room.

one of the keys to {making your home your own} is to have quality pieces which are timeless and versatile and can be used in other parts of the house.
because i had most of the supplies on hand, this little project only cost me $5.76--the cost of the chalkboard paint. 



  1. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

    Rosie xx

  2. I love that project...I've been eyeing up that frame from Ikea for a while now. Stopping by from rags to stiches blog :)

  3. Stopping by to say hi from Rags to Stitches! I'm your newest follower. ^_^

  4. I am coming from Yours Truly! And I am glad I came.. Love this idea. Thanks so much!


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