DIY Projects

DIY Chalkboard sign

Making a chalkboard is super, super easy and can be modified to fit any season or decor.

First, I started with an old framed print from Kirkland’s.  It’s best to find pictures with ornate frames and no glass; however, I wanted to see how it would do with the glass.  You can find these type frames at most thrift stores.  You could also buy an empty frame and cut a thin piece of board to fit inside.

Make sure you clean the frame before painting.  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint for the frame and Rustoleum Chalkboard paint for the chalkboard.

Once the paint on the frame is dry, start painting the chalkboard, using several thin layers.  I like to do about 4 layers alternating each one, vertically and then horizontally.  I also lightly sand between each layer using 220 grit sandpaper.  This make a big difference!

As you can see, your first coat won’t look like much, but just keep going!

It looks better and better after each coat and sanding.

I also added a little gold gilding wax to the frame to give it a little depth and just to make it pretty!

There are so many options that can be done here!  This frame was a little odd; not your typical ornate frame.

Lastly, and most importantly, you will need to prime the chalkboard before writing on it.  If not, your first words will be permanent and you won’t be able to erase them.

To prime, you take a piece of chalk, lay it on its side, and rub it down the chalkboard.  I also like to go vertically, then horizontally.  Then you’re done!  Just erase and write your favorite quote!  Super easy!!

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