Oh it is just the perfect size for above that desk. Which again, looks TINY! Remind me never to use that stinkin' kit lens again. Distortion is wacky! I knew there was a reason I had it in the attic for the last 2 years.
ANYWAYS. It is a nice big framed chalkboard that I can switch around little quotes and such on. When I first put it up, it looked like a TV actually. But nope, just a chalkboard. Darn because that would be one cool looking TV!
Why do I keep getting on tangents here?? Maybe because it is 9:45 pm and we spent the day painting the play room and wrangling three kiddos? Maybe.
OK. For real now, I'm getting down to business.
So a while back I saw a pin on ye 'ol Pinterest of a framed corkboard that someone had made from an old thrift store frame. I thought it would be neat to do a chalkboard one too, so I figured I would keep my eye out for one.
Well get this. The VERY NEXT night I was driving down our street and low and behold, on the curb (trash night!) I see a STACK of old artwork! Seriously, there must have been 15. I pulled over and practically squealed when I saw them. There were a few of these big ones and some smaller ones. I slid five of the best looking ones into the back seat and had Steve unload them all for me when I pulled into the house. Score!
Here is what this one looked like (the others look similar):
Nice huh? Don't you just love that beautiful scene??
Now, this framed art didn't have any glass. But if yours does, just remove it. This piece was a fake oil painting on something like cardboard but thicker. So I just painted right over it.
Here is a close up of the great detailed frame:
It could be nice even unpainted really. But for the look I'm going for, I wanted it white.
Once you find the frame you like (Goodwill is a great place to look. As is Grandma's basement), you just need chalkboard paint, a brush of some type, and some white paint. Here is what I used:
I used spray paint with the first one I made and it was tricky. So I switched to a quart and used a foam brush (my detail oriented husband is cringing at the foam brush usage). It worked so much better and was a lot easier and faster. For the paint, I just used some semi-gloss white trim paint we had leftover from painting the bathroom. I used Olympic No-VOC Premium paint.
I found a nice flat surface to paint it on (our kitchen island was actually perfect because I could walk around it) and here is it after the black paint (again, I just painted right over the mountains):
The more I look at these, the more I feel like the frame looks a lot nicer in gold in photos than it did in person...oh well.
So then I used the foam brush to do the white. You don't want to put it on too thick because it will drip. After the first coat, it looked like this:
You can definitely still see through the paint. So I waited a couple of hours and then applied a second coat. After it dried, I pulled off the tape, touched up the edges where needed (you can see in the photo above that I didn't apply it very precisely. Hey, I was rushing during naptime!). Here is the final product again:
Perfect. I used a chalkboard marker to write on it ($4 at Joann's) and figure I will change it up every so often. I love how nicely it looks with my white chair!
There is so much wall space in this house, that any large "artwork" I can find for a good price, I'll take. Considering that I spent a whopping $6 on this for the chalkboard paint, of which I used about 1/10th of the can....I think it's right in my budget.
I made one more for the playroom, which was the identical frame. I haven't put it up yet since we have actually been painting the room today....did I tell you that I can't seem to commit to just one room?? Yeah....today my mind started wandering to the dining room actually.Pin It