Monday, May 10, 2010

Spray Paint Obsession: framed chalkboard

So I've been working on this project for quite some time. Just needed to buy and cut ply board . . . so that's why it took forever. Anyway, I walked into my favorite thrift store in vegas, months ago, and saw this frame on the top shelf. I asked how much it was and the guy said $5. I'll take it! Although it was a beautiful painting (they had painted this picture on the glass - - is there a name for that type of art?) I just wanted that frame. Imagine that.

And what was I going to do with it? Well, I wanted to make it into a chalkboard for my daughter to put in the livingroom. I know. I know. I have an obsession with chalkboard spraypaint. I had the perfect spot for it though.

So . . . I removed the glass painting (still have it - - not sure what to do with it),

spray painted the frame white with a few coats,

bought ply board and cut to size of glass,

spraypainted with chalkboard spraypaint with at least 2 coats,

placed the ply board in the frame and placed nails around it so it would stay in.

And there you have it. A fancy, little chalkboard for my daughter to color on that's hidden behind the couch . . . so she'll stop coloring on our hdtv (no joke).


  1. That is so cute and such a great idea! I have never tried it but this project makes me want to. BTW, what is your favorite thrift store in Vegas and where is it at? I need a good one and I feel like I have the worst luck.

  2. Love this idea. Looked for the spray paint at JoAnns and couldn't find it, might have to look again. Thanks for sharing this great project.

  3. oh my gosh i was just thinking about doing this myself... looks gorgeous~

  4. Very clever to use a fancy frame for that. Jane F.

  5. Yes! I love chalkboard spray paint! I'm always looking for my next paintable object ;0)

  6. Looks awesome Amy!! I love the frame. I have only used the tins of chalkboard paint, hmmm may have to try the spraycan version next time! Wishing you a fabulous week ~ Tina

  7. That turned out so cute. I love using chalboard spray paint. I am always looking for things I can use it on;-)

  8. I was in a chalkboard phase for a while. I still resist the urge to chalkboard anything in the house. I prefer the spray over the paint. Although the paint is self-levelling, it can still be hard to work with.
    I love your frame!

    Come on over for the giveaway !!
    Would love to see you.


  9. That's a fabulous idea. I have a GINORMOUS (sp?) painting similar to what you have. I love the frame and was thinking of spray painting it myself. But making it a chalkboard would be so much more fun! Thanks for the idea.

  10. A girl friend of mine is raising her granddaughters. The oldest got a room make-over and we used chalk board paint on one of the closet doors, the other was covered in cork, like a giant cork board. She loved it.