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Monday, October 26, 2009

{EASY chalkboard frames}

I had the ugliest frame in history, sitting up in my craft room. It had moved with us more times than I can count, and it was finally time to change it into something I loved. I also still had my trusty can of chalkboard spray paint, and wondered why I couldn't just spray the glass with the spray paint. So, I tried it, and what do you know? It turned out beautifully. This really might be the simplest (and cheapest!) way of all to create an adorable chalkboard--in any size you want!

I had several other frames that needed a little face lift, so I made this one for a table in my family room:

and this one to hang on my pantry door (pizza is for dinner tonight!):


-frame, with glass intact
-chalkboard spray paint
-spray paint, color of choice (for frame)


-Lay out a large piece of cardboard. Place frame and glass on it, several feet apart.

-Spray frame desired color, let dry.

-Following directions on can (I used Rustoleum), spray entire sheet of glass. You don't want to tape it off, there isn't enough of a margin that won't show on he front side when you're finished. Let dry.

-That's it, really!!! Just insert your glass back in the frame, and you're ready to go!

You can use any size of frame for this project---big or small. So, start searching your basements, attics, and thrift stores!

Other ideas for framed chalkboards:

-personal chalkboards for your kids...great for traveling, or to keep in the car
-hung above a guest can write messages to your guests
-stick them in your church bag...perfect for keeping small ones quiet


Blogger Diana said...

I've seen a few projects with chalkboard paint and I really can't wait to try it out. Any spray paint for that matter. lol What a neat idea. :) Great job!

October 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger The Harris Family said...

Fun Idea! I need to get some chalkboard paint.

October 26, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Becky the Sign Lady said...

Very cute!
This works for dry-erase too, only you don't paint the glass, just put a light colored paper in behind the glass.

October 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I don't have any chalkboard paint, but I will have to get some and give this a try. VERY CUTE.

October 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

such a fun idea

i think we should tell people for craft day in case they can't find any square plates they want to do :)

October 26, 2009 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger ~Bobbi~ said...

This may be a dumb question just used the chalkboard paint on the glass frame? How many layers does it take to work? I love the one especially on the pantry!

February 11, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger chase lounge said...

I made some of these, love them, but the frames I had did not have any glass. I had found them in a pile of junk frames whose glass had long fallen out. So I went to the store and bought some of the thick foam poster board and cut it out to the size of the frame....I painted the frame, painted the poster board....I used the shiny side of the foam board.....and than popped it right into the frame...worked great....thanks for sharing your chalkboard frame....I looked them up retail and they are well over a couple hundred to buy one online.

April 13, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Meghan, Gary & Sophia H said...

Do you think a mirror would work? I have a set of 3 mirrors in 3 different sizes. Small, medium & large that I just can't get to work in my home. They are all framed. I got them years ago as a set for something like $6. This would be a great idea to use in different rooms.

August 5, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

chase lounge---great idea!!

Meghan, Gary& Sophia H--Yes, a mirror would definitely work! You'll have to show me when you're finished!

August 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Bobbi---I did two layers, and it was perfect. It doesn't take a lot. Just do your two layers within 20 minutes of each other, then let dry completely. And there are no dumb questions!

August 5, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

I use my vinyl cutter to cut chalkboard vinyl. I love the idea of putting it on top of glass behind a fancy frame! Can't wait to try!

November 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Brittney said...

AWESOME idea. I decided to upgrade the idea and use a magnetic spray first, then chalkboard spray over it....however something went wrong! It bubbled and made crazy {cute snowflake looking} patterns all over! Any ideas on how to make the two work together?? The magnetic spray however wouldn't even hold one of those simple fridge letter magnets....ugh! any help?

January 10, 2011 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger said...

So simple.. and I just saw some frames. I'm a new follower... can't wait!

February 6, 2011 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Do you use chalk pens or regular chalk? I think I'm doing this as a gift!!!!

July 19, 2011 at 3:54 PM  

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