Chalkboard/Picture frame tutorial

Ok kiddos.

The chalkboard frame project.

Was it easy?


But did I screw up?


That just goes with my territory of doing my projects in increments.

I tackle them between work and either rushing or never bothering to see if anyone else has a great tutorial out there to follow…I usually hit a snare.

I’m telling ya’ people.

I’m the world’s worst at taking the time to read tutorials.

So this will be simple and I hope, ez to follow.

Okee dokee then.

Step 1.

Get frame.

That is very important. ; )

Step 2.

I left the old picture intact in the frame because it was so difficult to remove.

(See laziness character trait in past posts)

Step 3.

Preparing chalkboard surface.

I lightly sanded my glass. I do not know if you should.  It didn’t say I needed to on can….I just felt like it might stick a bit better.

I have googled it and many people have chalk board painted directly on glass and mirrors with great results. I did NOT know you could do that!

That was right up my LAZEE alley…, I did it as well.

I cleaned my glass with just a damp paper towel after sanding.

I then taped off my frame……

If you aren’t lazy and would have pulled out all the nails holding your glass in the frame….you wouldn’t have to worry about tape.

But you know that, don’t you?

I use Rust-Oleum Chalk Board paint. I probably will forever as this paint seems to last forever and I can’t see using it up anytime soon.

I apply with a foam brush and just paint it on the glass.

I LOVE how chalkboard paint dries so quickly. I use three coats. I like  it thick.

Step 4.

What I did with my frame.

I lightly sanded my frame….cleaned with a damp paper towel and used my Valspar clearance sample.

I barely used an 1/8 of the little sample for this frame. So many more projects can be made with this paint!

I used a foam brush for the paint because the frame had ridges that I felt would be hard to get down into with a brush…….I like foam brushes sometimes….just because they are so simple.

(See laziness character trait again….in past posts)

But ….then I always wash out my foam brushes to re-use them….so why not use a brush? How can that really be simpler??? Hmmmm….. I don’t know….I guess, I just like to use foam brushes sometimes…..just because.

I painted two coats of paint.

Then I did this blue stripe and saw that, yes……it was BUGLY…..(see definition of BUGLY here)

Then,  I did this red stripe and saw that, yes… too, was BUGLY…..(see definition of BUGLY here)

So, I kept covering up my attempts of creativity.

I decided to just keep it “celery” colored……

I then took my little “hand powered” sander in the above picture and sanded the frame. I like to get the corners and seams…..ridges……sides……I scratch it up good.

I then applied stain and wipe it right back off….just like I did on my table tutorials.

And…..just like with my table….it would have looked like this dark brown version above, if I would NOT have applied the paste.

But after wiping on and off the paste…….this is what it ends up looking like…..

The paste took the brown or dark distressing off the frame and cleaned it up for a lighter distressed look.

I love that you can just grab an old picture you have laying around or give a BUGLY….one a longer look when you spot a “deal” at a thrift store if you know that you could take it from here…….

To here…….

I do my projects in between work…..errands……but total time involved in the frame was probably about 20 minutes.

For right now… lives here in my house.

We pass this corner all day long. I thought it might be a neat place to leave inspirational messages for my family.

One important note! I almost forgot.

Don’t leave your tape on until the paint dries. Take it off while paint is wet or paint dries on tape and comes up with the tape.


You already knew that, didn’t you?

Well, I didn’t.

When this happened, I was afraid I was going to have to flip the glass and start all over.
I didn’t.
I just took my fine sandpaper block…..sanded it down until it felt smooth.
Reapplied chalkboard paint in the peeled up areas…same amount of coats as the first time and then once all over.

Dried smooth and blemish free.

Think you can handle?

I LOVE this as a gift idea because it is SO economical.

You could even spray paint distress the frame, like I did in my side table tutorial, if you want it even easier.

Monogram it………stencil something…..make it your own.

Have you all done a lot of chalkboard paint projects already.

I feel like I’m the mom wearing high waisted, pleated jeans and not realizing that low-rise jeans are the new Mom jeans.

Am I out of style with my chalkboard paint projects?

Not that I care.

I wear shoes for comfort and undies that don’t ride up…..

So, I guess it won’t be the first time I do something just because I like it. : )

Let me know your thoughts.

I read every comment…..

You guys are the best!

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0 thoughts on “Chalkboard/Picture frame tutorial

  • June 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

    It looks great. I like that color it would go really well with lots of things. I will have to get some of that chalkboard paint, mine must be old school cause it is oil based and I hate using it.  Anyhow I am curious about the “paste” that you used to take off the glaze…  can you enlighten us please. 

  • June 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Yes you are right.I DON’T do craft stuff.I leave that to Mex.I DID read the whole post and showed it to Mex.He was impressed!
    Lots of love

  • June 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    @9ce4a9c212f0f036d0f3024632722aa3 But granny….you let Mex read it and I said “undies”……I’m so embarrassed! ; ) Ok….his projects far outweigh my little chalkboards and table stuff…..His vases are BEAUTIFUL! Love, Me

  • June 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This was so interesting!! I had no idea you could use the chalkboard paint on glass. What a cool idea! I absolutely love it, sweetie, and think it looks great where you hung it.
    Thanks for all the inspiration…I may actually do this one day…


  • June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hon you aren’t the only one who skips the instructions. I start to glaze over when I have to read them. Very short attention span!  Okay what was I saying? Oh anyway, Love your stuff Doll!!

  • June 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    It turned out great and the lifting the paint at the end with the tape is SO something I would do – LOL.  I love the green color with the brown glaze, great job!  Linked over from Met Monday

  • June 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Looks great! I love the green color against the yellow wall!

  • June 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    People walking by in the street are looking at me funny!! Maybe because I’m sitting on my porch alone and laughing my b— off !! I’m sure they think I’m a little touched……undies that don’t ride up……you’re killing me girl!!
    Great tutorial…I’m much more inclined to read the instructions if they make me laugh, I remember them better as well!!
    Comfort shoes are my thing too, if they dont feel good I don’t buy them, we are not going into detail on the other.
    Thanks for sharing !!! Take care, VBg

  • June 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Oh my name, I’m giggling in my home all alone. Bugly…word of the day! Thanks for sharing, I’m hoping to try this soon. 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial.

  • June 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Awesome project and great post and love the verse near the end 🙂  I’m also getting ready to do a chalkboard project BUT I do have a question.  I bought the spray paint instead, do you know if it’s just as good as the brushed on one you used?  Where did you get your half moon table?  I’ve been wanting one for my foyer as well.  Visiting from Debbiedoo’s blog party 🙂

  • June 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I knew someday that all my creativity ould rub off on you!!!! Looks great!

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

    @google-04bb6998a6f3be3ac07cfb9513d6c579:disqus  I love when you call me sweetie….I feel so southern ; ) Love that you love it and want to hear about it when you try it! Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Thank you! I am so excited that you will be following us along! Keep on commenting and hanging around. Hopefully, we won’t wear on your nerves too soon! Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:09 am

    @822c857f75393f975beb80fdd64c58cf:disqus  Thank you! I think I am REALLY liking that kind of green color……Glad my sample is small or I might go a little crazy with it ; ) Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Ok….I googled spray chalkboard paint and it has GREAT reviews! Yours sounds great! I can’t wait to hear what you make! Please share with us. My half moon table……Craigslist….like where everything else I own comes from, besides my children and spouse. Thank you for stopping by and don’t be a stranger! It’s time for you to catch up with all of us here and join us on Facebook so you can stick around! Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

    @4ef5840755ceb9f63a46f02d062de63a No one taught me more about comfy undies and comfy shoes more than you! ; ) Ok…….you ARE the queen of creativity too…….just teach me how to play the piano and you will really have accomplished something! Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 2:17 am

    @732159e51aa5be8df855036c7b4500f6:disqus  Why do I feel like green is your color? ; ) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your outdoor living area! I canNOT wait to see your outdoor curtains go up! Thanks for stopping by! Love, Me

  • June 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Looks so great! I can’t wait to try something like this! Question: what is the paste that you use after you apply the stain? Would love to know!! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas, you are great!

  • June 22, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Great job!  I just created a future post on a large chalkboard I made, too!  Gotta luv that chalkboard paint!!!!  lol!  And it’s always a learning process, isn’t it?  🙂

    xoxo laurie

  • June 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I love your name!!!! Especially because I am trying to cut out carbs……while on this diet….you will be my favorite! Ok? Here is the link on my table tutorial and it tells about the paste…i tried to keep it simple so hopefully your eyes won’t roll back in your head. Thank you for stopping by…..but don’t make it a last time! WE have fun around here, would love for you to be a part of it! Love, Me

  • June 22, 2011 at 3:42 am

    @b5cb997fb49323ea6b883f16efdedc78:disqus  It is! Can’t wait to see your project! Future projects….hmmmmmm…..I need to try that sometime ; ) Love, Me

  • June 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    So CUTE!!  I can’t wait to try this myself!

  • June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Great job!  We took an old 6 pane window years ago hung in the kitchen and rehung now in the hall, we leave notes on it as we pass.  Some of the notes from friends that have long passed my world.  But their chaulk written note remains!

  • July 2, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Great Job!! I am trying to attemp this on a borad i bought at a yard sale this weekend…Glad to know about the tape because i would have done the same thing!!hahaa Thanks!!

  • July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Do you find that the chalkboard paint looks streaky from the brush? Is there a way to prevent this? I have been thinking about if I build up to a thick coat I may be able to sand down lightly so smooth up the top surface of the chalkboard.

    I have been making chalkboard wine bottles lately! Using the chalkboard spray paint though… so easy! Apply a small stencil and a custom made tag out of kraft cardstock, burlap and twine. :o) Easy to do, great gifts and I see them all over at the cutsie little gift shops around me selling for near $20!

  • August 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I just bought some “Plaid” (brand) chalkboard paint at JoAnn Fabrics and it peels right off glass. I’m struggling! Is it the brand? Anyone know?

  • March 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I’m doing one of these for a bridal shower table decoration for my daughter. Then of course she can take it home as a gift. I googled picture frame chalkboard and yours was the first that came up and I clicked it. So glad I did. I’m a new follower of yours now and can’t wait to browse around and see some of your other projects. Let the learning begin! LOL! I have a lot to learn!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • March 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      I am finishing up this project and I too have found that the chalkboard paint is in streaks. Well ridges really. Wondering if anyone else has these? can I sand it ya think?


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