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Painting Old Frames For Chalkboards – A Tutorial


A Stack Of Painted Frames With Distressed Detail and wax

The Beauty of Paint, Wax and Distressing

Hello!  This post is all about painting old frames for chalkboards.  You can turn those old frames into beautiful chalkboards in every size imaginable with just a little paint, a dab of wax and some sanding.

I know, I know… Chalkboards have been around forever. With the invention of Pinterest, the little chalkboard became the center of attention for practically everyone.  I love a pretty Chalkboard and hope they are always in style!

A Rustic Painted Framed Chalkboard

Rustic Painted Framed Chalkboard

Old frames can be of any variety but I prefer the ones made out of wood.  They can be rustic, plain or fancy.  It doesn’t really matter.  Just pick one and go for it!

A Gold Frame In Need of Some TLC

A Gold Frame in Need of Some TLC

Most of the old frames I find in thrift stores, antique shops, or at auction are really dirty and need lots of cleaning. Just use some soap and water, an old toothbrush, a rag and maybe a few q-tips to get that sucker clean and ready to paint.  Let the frame dry.

Next, select your paint.  I prefer using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® when painting old frames, as well as on furniture.  It’s quick and easy and the coverage is great. It is my all time favorite paint.  If you don’t know about this fabulous paint, please check it out! Here is a link to her website:  http://www.anniesloan.com/

Now, the fun part!

Paint the frame with a couple of coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry in between coats.  Once the frame is completely dry, you can apply wax for a buttery smooth finish and use dark wax for a more antique look.  Again, I prefer Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Waxes.

Containers of Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Wax

Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Wax®

Just look at the details that pop after adding some wax to a frame…

Before wax…

Painting Old Frames

Freshly Painted Frame


After Wax…

Painting Old Frames and Applying Wax For Chalkboards

Flower Detail After Dark Wax

Painted Frame After Applying Clear and dark Wax

Details On Frame After Waxing

A little sanding adds a great distressed look…

Distressed Painted Frame Detail

Distressing Adds More Detail

Once you have your frame painted, waxed, and distressed you can make that chalkboard!  Just measure and cut a board (after lots of trial and error, I’ve found an MDF board works great!),  followed by applying several coats of a Chalkboard paint.  I prefer to use a good coverage spray paint.  Just apply in 3 or 4 coats, following the instructions on the can.

A Freshly Painted Board With Krylon Chalkboard Paint

Now, We Have A Chalkboard!

Place the board into your frame and use small nails to keep it in place. Next, attach a sawtooth hanger and your chalkboard is complete!  Viola!  A beautiful painted frame with your very own chalkboard!

Painted Frame Chalkboard Display

Chalkboard Ready For Some Cute Chalkboard Art

Painting old frames for chalkboards isn’t a difficult process, it’s actually quick and easy!  Have you painted any frames?  Did you make a chalkboard?  Inquiring minds want to know!  :)

Painted Frames in Pretty Colors Ready For Chalkboards

Stack of Painted Frames in Pretty Colors

Painting Old Frames For Chalkboards is my very first tutorial!  I hope you will go frame “shopping” and make your very own chalkboard.  Let me know if you do!

Hugs ~Lisa




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