Fulfilling Your Pattern Needs
Published by Shana | Filed under Tutorials
I teased this project many months ago, when it was questionable if it would even work out. Not because it’s hard, but because I am completely incapable of cutting a straight line in a board. But the handy thing about living in the Midwest is that people know how to do these things. So I suckered a coworker who writes woodworking tutorials to cut them for me. It’s important to have handy friends.
How to Turn Old Frames into Chalkboards
Don’t spend $15 on a tiny can of chalkboard paint. Depending upon what you have on hand and how you get your supplies, these are less than $5 each to make. Mine were about $2-3 each, and I did a terrible job being frugal.
- Picture frames in any size, preferably of wood
- I was able to find these for $1-$3 depending upon size at a thrift store, plus it was 50% off day.
- Thin, cheap board
- You can get a huge piece of this for about $15 at a hardware store. Or look in your garage. There is probably some there.
- Paint for the frame and darker paint for the chalkboards. Any color works, so get creative. Only stick w/grey if it’s your wedding color.
- If you don’t have left over wall paint from a home improvement project, you can have a sample mixed for about $4, which would be more than enough to do 25 or so chalkboards.
- Primer, if you’re so inclined.
- Tile grout
- You will only need a few teaspoons. If you don’t already have this somewhere in your garage, you can get it for a dollar or two at the hardware store.
- Fine sandpaper
- Potentially hammer and nails, wood glue, or other adhesive.
- Find picture frames in the sizes you want, preferably in wood so paint will stick.
- Remove the sweet art, glass, and backs from the frames.
- Wash the frames. Wash them twice if you got them from a thrift store, because gross.
- While those are drying thoroughly, figure out the sizes you need to cut the backing boards by measuring the insides of the frames.
- Cut the backing boards to the sizes you noted. Also acceptable, bribe someone to do it for you.
- Once they are fully dry, prime and paint the frames. You’ll probably need two coats of paint.
- Prepare the chalkboards:
- Paint a first coat and let dry.
- For the second coat, mix a heaping teaspoon of tile grout into about half a cup of paint. It might smell like cat pee. That’s okay.
- Apply another coat and let it dry thoroughly.
- Lightly sand each board
- Write lewd messages to make sure it works.
- Put the boards back into the frames and secure them in place. I found that the frames closures worked for some, but others I used small nails to secure.