Sunday, July 14, 2013

DIY Framed Chalkboard

I have been on the hunt for something reallllly big to put on our dining room wall.

Unfortunately BIG pictures cost LOTS of money! :-(

All of my thrifting paid off this week when I found the most gigantic, elaborate frame EVER!!!

It was so large that it wouldn't fit in my car. I drove home with my trunk open.

Gracie decided to take a little stretch. Such a cutie!
At least 5 people commented on the size of this thing when I bought it.

"You must have a BIG wall!"
"Can you carry that?"
"What a beautiful print!"

I think the last lady must have been partially blind. The print had terrible fading. And it's obviously not my style. I had some big makeover plans for this baby!

The first thing I did was spray paint the frame.

I used Valspar Paint+Primer in Satin finish from Lowe's.

It took about 2 cans because of all of the nooks and crannies on the frame. I did multiple layers to even it out.

Next I spray painted the back of the print with chalk board paint.

You are supposed to wait 24 hours for this to dry, but I'm impatient. I left it in the 95 degree sun for about 2 hours and called it good.

After the chalk board paint dried, I covered the whole thing in chalk to "set" the paint.

I did it indoors which was a stupid idea. It got all over everything.

After wiping all of the chalk off with a wet rag, it was ready to go!

Trent put the chalk board back in the frame and screwed in the back board.

Voila! It is complete!!!!

I added my own little saying. My mom always used to sing "Count your blessing, name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done." :-)

If anyone is wondering, it took me like an hour to write that.

I love universal decor that I can change out with the season. It will be so fun for me to switch things up at the cost of a piece of chalk!

Here is a before and after side by side.

We have done quite a few changes to our dining room this weekend. I will reveal where we end up putting this baby in a post coming soon!

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