Friday, April 12, 2013

Gypsy Chalkboard

Remember when I told y’all about going yard sale-ing and bartering with the gypsies?!  Well I came home with several projects to tackle and I want to share one of them with you today.

I purchased this “lovely” painting that was priced for $25 and I bartered them down to $18.  I really didn’t care for the painting at all, but was definitely interested in the frame.  It was a sturdy wooden frame with great potential for a chalkboard in my new kitchen.
Not only is it a pretty ugly painting but it was also torn.  Who would pay $25 for an ugly torn painting?!?!DSC_0094-2DSC_0096-2
I ripped out the painting (the Mr. couldn’t believe that I did this without batting an eye), and then primed the frame.  Once the primer was dry, I topped it with two coats of white paint.  Both the primer and paint were of the spray paint variety.  I wanted the distressed and antiqued look, so I randomly sanded the edges of the frame.DSC_0245-2Collage 1
For the chalkboard, I took a trip to Lowe’s and purchased some thin birchwood and had it cut to the size of the frame.  When I brought it home I primed it and painted it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint and let it dry in the sun.  I had to keep dusting the pollen off so that it wouldn’t dry yellow  lolDSC_0195-2
I tried nailing the birchwood into the frame but ended up messing up the frame a little bit (oopsies!  It’s a good thing I was going for the distressed look lol).  So I switched gears and decided to adhere the chalkboard to the frame with wood glue.  Worked like a charm!  I scribbled chalk all over the board and then washed it off with water and a sponge to prep the chalkboard paint.  Collage 2DSC_0253-2
The chalkboard now hangs in our kitchen and is used for writing sweet messages to each other, the weekly menu, grocery lists, holiday messages, etc.  We are having so much fun putting this $18 project to good use!DSC_0254-3
I think I’m in love with chalkboard paint these days!  I’m finding excuses everyday to use chalkboard paint for some project haha.  What chalkboard ideas do you have for me for my next project?
xoxo Darby


Jess said...

You are amazing. I would have never thought to do that. You could also do cork board instead of chalk board. Looks amazing!

Joy said...

I'm telling you.... I thought it looked like you bought it in a store. It was THAT good!

Jessica K said...

I'm glad your chalkboard paint experience was better than mine! I think I used Krylon brand spray paint - and it was bad. The chalk wouldnt erase - it was a mess. I love the board in the kitchen! Looks awesome! And really - they wanted $25....what were they smoking?

applesandglue said...

Whoa it came out fantastic! And I speak from experience - I tried to do something similar a year ago or so for my classroom. Major fail!

Unknown said...

Dude, so cute! I can't believe they made you pay the $18 for it even though it was torn. thank goodness you bartered it down from $25.

Unknown said...

I am a bargaining QUEEN, I get it from my daddy, we should go bargaining together (which I know I have suggested in the past but really we should)

Obvi I love the project. I love chalk boards and I love you so again I say OBVI!

Also I can't believe how much bigger the living room looks painted!!!

Happy Weekend!

sherri lynn said...

This looks great! It's hard to find a good, big frame for chalkboards, but this one was perfect!

Susan Fleming said...


Brie Bemis @ Sophistifunk said...

love this DIY, it looks great!

xo brie

Brie Bemis @ Sophistifunk said...

love this DIY, it looks great!

xo brie

Jennifer Leible said...

Love your chalkboard! That is great frame! Good job!!

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