Vintage frame, chalk board project

This spring I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to explore my inner “diy”er! I found this perfectly ugly vintage ornate frame at a local thrift store and just knew it would be perfect in my own kitchen. It was bare, didn’t have any art in the frame, just a hanging wire and some peeling “velvet” ribbon lining the wood frame. Here’s a close up shot and over all picture of the “before” condition of the wood frame


A step by step process to create your own version of this vintage chalk board:

  • I stripped off the ribbon and gave the frame a light sanding and wipe down with warm soapy water
  • I went to my local Home Depot with the frame and had a helpful gentleman cut down a piece of MDF to size of the frame for the chalk board surface
  • I also purchased chalk board paint, but you can make your own if you are feeling extra crafty
  • Next I sprayed the frame in a bright shade of aqua. Hardware stores have lots of standard colors of spray paint, but if you are looking for a more unique shade, check out your local art supplies store. I purchased this spray paint color from House of Fine Arts in Abbotsford, BC

  • I then painted two coats of the black board paint onto the large piece of MDF with a foam roller
  • Then I placed the MDF into the frame, using No More Nails glue to adhere the MDF to the frame
  • I added a hanging system to the back of the frame, picked the location and hung this beautiful piece!
  • Remember to read the directions on the black board paint, you need to let the paint set for a few days before you create anything on the board. My inspiration for my current “art” came from a song I love right now by Tim Neufeld, Beautiful Things


Hope this encourages you to tackle a project you’ve been thinking about! Spring is the perfect time to get a few things done around the house! Have fun!