chalkboards coming out of my ears.

Whenever I see really awesome old frames at garage sales, I tend to snatch them up.  Especially if they are bargain priced.

chalkboard hello

I love the gold frames with plenty of wear to them.  There is something about that shabby patina that draws me in.

gold frames

Through the years though, I’ve found that I rarely also end up with just the perfect sized piece of art to put in them.  That’s why turning them into chalkboards has been the perfect solution.

chalkboards 1

I buy a 4′ x 2′ piece of hardboard at Menards for a few dollars, then Ken cuts it to size for me.  I paint it with chalkboard paint, and voila!

chalkboards closeup 2

Always make sure to season a new chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over it and then ‘erasing’ it back off.

chalkboards closeup

It seems I have chalkboards coming out of my ears these days.  They are all going to end up at the Carriage House sale in October.  Unless any of you locals needs one now?  In which case just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you with details.

7 thoughts on “chalkboards coming out of my ears.

  1. I couldn’t agree more old frames always grab my attention too! And I love chalkboards
    they add so much fun to a room. Combining the two makes for a fabulous accessory.
    As usual your styling is wonderful. Looks like you have been into the chalkboard book
    Deb gifted you with lookin good!


  2. Just found your blog, great work. Love your furniture makeovers, house and these chalk board frames!


  3. If you want to fix those frames, it is pretty easy. Use modeling clay to make a mold of the “good” portion. Then either use plaster of paris or wood filler and pour it into your mold to make your missing pieces. If they are large sections, you will want to do it in pieces, then sand the new pieces down to fit the spot, glue them in and paint with a similar paint. (I mix oil paint for wood frames) and give it a dusting of dark paint to age it in the crevices. It is amazing how you can’t even tell. I new mat board and you can use it on any elegant picture!


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