I recently redecorated my living room. A friend of mine made some fabulous drapes for me out of a fabric I fell in love with, and I planned the whole room around it’s pattern and colors. Pictures coming soon!
One of the projects for my new room was decorating the mantel. I transformed an old, hand me down, framed print into Chalkboard Art. The greatest thing about it is you can easily change the verse or quote for seasons, holidays, or just your general mood…
Supplies: (details on the products can be found through their links)
- Framed Picture (of course a new frame could be used, but I’m trying to upcycle things I already have right now)
- Chalk Paint
- Soft Wax (not pictured)
- Con-Tact Brand Self-Adhesive Chalkboard Liner
- SuperChalks White Liquid Chalk Marker Pen
- Stencils, if desired
My first step was to cut the paper from the back and remove the staples with pliers. I left the staples on one of the long sides.
I then removed the print, mats, and glass from the frame, and covered the print with Chalkboard Contact Liner. Be careful when separating the mats from the print if they are glued on. The contact paper is thin and will show spots that aren’t smooth.
For the verse, I used stencils cut from my Silhouette Cameo. If you have nice handwriting, which I unfortunately do not, you can obviously skip this step. I used a Chalk Marker that can be erased with a wet cloth.
The Purple Painted Lady is an excellent resource for painting and waxing. I also ordered my Annie Sloan chalk paint and clear wax from her site. Click on her video tab for tutorials on applying wax, etc.
I only applied one coat of paint (color: Florence). The gold of the frame seeped through enough to make it look distressed. I love the way it turned out. Unfortunately, you can’t see the details in the other pictures of the finished project.
I then applied one layer of wax using a wax brush as recommended by The Purple Painted Lady.
After inserting the glass, mats (minus one), and the chalkboard into the frame, I used a staple gun to reseal it. I didn’t bother adding frame backing paper. No one will ever see the back anyway…
Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you click through and purchase from any of my Amazon links above, a small amount will go to help support this site, at no additional cost to you. Thanks so much for your support! I’m not an affiliate for the Purple Painted Lady. I found her tutorials and customer service excellent and wanted to share her…
If you have any questions, let me know. I would love to help you through your own Chalkboard Art project!