I love to play with chalk! Growing up with three brothers, our driveway was always covered in our latest masterpieces during the summer, and I carried that same love for the pigmented powder into adulthood.
This is why I was so excited when I first learned about chalkboard paint!! Although skeptical at first, this stuff is AMAZING! The simple application, quick dry time, and versatility, make it easy to turn almost any surface into a canvas. Combined with my frugal love for all things secondhand, I transformed some cheap Goodwill artwork into framed chalkboards, which I’ve used as backyard scoreboards, kitchen wall art, and even greeting signs at our wedding ( I wasn’t kidding when I said I covered everything with this stuff! 😉 If you’re looking for a fun, cheap way to get in on the chalkboard rage that’s taken over pinterest, look no further!
What You Will Need:
- Chalkboard Paint(spray can or bucket form is fine)
- Framed Artwork
- Thin Plywood (I used an 1/8 inch from the Home Depot)
- Primer (spray can or bucket form)
- Paint Brush or Roller (If using paint bucket)
- Utility Knife
***Frame Buying Tip: Don’t necessarily shop secondhand stores for the artwork, shop them for the frames and matting!! If you’ve ever paid to have a portrait framed, you know just how quickly the cost can add up! Buying old framed art and changing out the image, will give the impression that you’ve spent lots of money on a custom job, when in reality you only spent a few dollars!…Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me! 😉
Clean and Disassemble the Frame
Remove any glass and artwork/backing. Don’t throw it away yet, since you’ll use it as a guide to measure the plywood. Give the frame a good cleaning.
Measure Your Plywood
Using the backboard of the frame as your guide, measure the plywood to the same size. Cut the plywood with your utility knife.
Prime the Plywood
Either spray or use a roller to paint the plywood with primer. I found that one coat of primer was enough to cover the surface.
Paint the Plywood
Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint to cover the surface of plywood. I used two coats to get the desired coverage. Let dry completely
Pop the finished plywood back into the frame, grab some chalk and you’re done! 🙂