Friday, October 28, 2011

Make it extra large

I have always adored huge chalkboards.  On one of my weekly jaunts thrifting, I stumbled across this frame.

Most people would walk right past.  It's dated and odd shaped but I knew it would make a great chalkboard.  It was only $15.  I couldn't buy the materials cheaper than that for something this large. 

To make it over, I painted the frame with Annie Sloan's Pure White.  Then followed Martha Stewart's recipe for homemade chalkboard paint.  I already had the paint and unsanded grout.  Here is a hint when making your own chalkboard paint.  I used a tea strainer to mash out any lumps in the grout.  This makes it less lumpy when painting.  I applied 3 coats of the chalkboard paint with a little sanding in between.  Now that it was complete, I knew the perfect spot for it was in my stairway.

As you can see, it really is a large chalkboard.  I decided to put down some bible verses that I need to be reminded of every now and then.

It can really have a lot written on it.  I plan on putting some shorter quotes on it for my children.  Maybe now that I had to put a hole in the wall for this, I can go ahead and start planning a little photo gallery up the stairway. 

Thanks for checking it out.  I'm sharing over at:
Feathered Nest Friday  Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special Stuff and Nonsense


  1. what a great repurposing
    of an old and unattractive painting

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  2. Super cute- I bought a very similar vintage print and did the same exact thing with it! Love big chalkboards too! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  3. Hi Julie,

    I think it looks great!! I would have bought it too! You are right you couldn't buy the materials to make one yourself. Very nice frame!
    All the Best,

  4. i so love this project and the scripture and all the positive inspiration it stirs up in me. bravo!

    found you via romantic home and would love to have you stop by and enter my shabby chic giveaway:

    have a wonderful week.


  5. Hi, and thanks for coming by my blog - I see we both had chalkboards on the brain this week! That is a big one - I like where you put it, you'll see it all the time!

  6. that looks fabulous! I, too, love huge chalkboards =)

  7. $15 is a great deal for such a huge chalkboards! Love it!

  8. I love the location you chose for your chalkboard. Thanks for the tip on making your own chalkboard paint. I just may have those incredients in my basement.


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