I'm pretty proud of this $15 little project I took on last week. I really want a huge chalkboard in my new place. However, they 're pretty expensive. So here's the story of how I transformed this ugly framed painting from Goodwill to a chalkboard I can't wait to hang in my new place!
1. Go to your closest Goodwill and find a framed picture. You could also try Dollar Tree, I think they have up to 8x10 frames for just $1. I found this bad boy and paid only $6.50 for it! Next head to Walmart where you'll need to pickup
- Painters Tape (I already had this)
- Any color spray paint to use as a base/primer (I already had this)
- Chalk (there's some for $.47 with all the crayons)
2. Tape off the frame. I already really liked the gold flake of the frame so I wanted to tape it off. If you think you're going to paint your frame another color this step isn't really necessary.
3. Prime or apply a base coat. After reading a handful of other tutorials on working with chalkboard spray paint, I decided I needed to apply a base coat of some other spray paint. I had black on hand so that's what I used. Hindsight 20/20 another color might have been better so I could see where the chalk board paint was evenly applied or not. Do about two coats of that, and let dry.
4. Spray your chalkboard paint evenly. Hindsight 20/20 again, spray multiple coats, but let it sit overnight or at least a few hours before heading to step numero 5. Using chalk before it actually dries may cause it peel (I had this happen in one spot. I'm impatient, what can I say?)
5. Next you want to "season" your chalkboard. Basically you just rub chalk all over it until it's completely covered to avoid "ghost lines". After that it's ready to use!
The only other problem I found besides being slightly impatient and having slight peeling problem is that the glass can be a tad screechy. Then I remember I spent less than $15 on this so I can put up with it!