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Chalkin’ It Up: Make a Chalkboard with a Vintage Frame

Chalkin’ It Up: Make a Chalkboard with a Vintage Frame

Sometimes, when I walk into a thrift store hunting for “treasures,” I just hit gold.  Luckily, that is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago.  I was visiting a ReStore (just killing some time) and my eye fell on a fabulous, HUGE Syroco framed print.  I bought it immediately (left the print there in hopes that it will be beneficial to someone else) and brought the giant frame home.  I immediately decided to turn it into a chalkboard for my home office.

 First, I traced the inside of the frame directly onto the wall with a pencil.  Next, I drilled two coat hooks onto the wall (to hang the frame on.)  Then, I began painting with black chalkboard paint.  I roughly followed the traced rectangle, as I knew the borders did not have to be perfect.

Once the paint dried, I simply placed the frame directly onto the hooks.  The Syroco frame was fabulously gold and I was completely going to leave it that color.  But, because my office is a space that gets so cluttered with paperwork, paint, ribbon, you name it, I decided that painting it a distressed white would keep it clean by staying within the “black and white” style of my office.

So, one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White later, I was finished.  (P.S. I found this quote on Pinterest and I think it might be my new favorite.)

It’s perfect for the space.  Sadly, I cannot take a picture of the entire office, because it is currently in a state of paper filing/redecorating madness. It is on my one mile long to-do list, so hopefully I will be showing pics of my completed office soon!

Have a great week!

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  1. I really love your site.. Excellent colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my very own site and want to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called. Thank you!

  2. I Love this and I LOVE chalkboards!! 🙂


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