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Chalkboard Frames | DIY Inspiration

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So this is the first of (hopefully) many tutorials/bits of information/diy projects/randomness that I will be sharing with you this holiday season.  Trust me when I say that I am not an expert at any craft – I merely like to toy with things and make them into my own piece of “art”.

Lately, I have been seeing mini-chalkboards pop up EVERYWHERE.  Maybe it’s because I’m constantly scouring photography pages for inspiration for new hats, etc.…but there have been quite a few and now I want my own.  I can’t tell you what my official end-results will be, but I’m happy that I’ve figured out how to do something like this on my own. 

Have you ever looked at how much a chalkboard costs?  Holy cow!  Expensive!  And most of the time, they don’t have what I want in ‘looks’.  That’s why I sought out to make my own.  And I kinda-sorta-really-totally love it.  (My husband has a photoshoot this evening and I’m going to try and sneak this badboy into his pictures as well.)

How to: Make your own chalkboard frame!!

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I went to my local Michaels and stocked up on my necessary goods.  They had these frames available at 25% off and I chose white because I wanted it to stand out from the black slate.  You really can pick any color you want.  The sky’s the limit!!  (If you really wanted something extra special, you could get your hands on a frame from My Redhead Designs.  My husband is a vendor for these products and they are AWESOME.  Here’s the link to some information: My RedHead Designs.)

They had some Krylon Chalkboard Paint.  I was nervous about buying a spraycan (because I tend to go a little wild with my aim) but it ended up just fine and now I really love this stuff!  PLUS – I didn’t hardly use any of the can and I can use it for more super awesome projects.  Bonus!

And, of course, you need some chalk.  I chose chalk pens because I thought they might allow me to draw more cleanly.  We will see.  I am no artist.


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I took the glass pane out, set it on a giant piece of cardboard that we had laying around and got to work.  It took two good coats of paint, letting it completely dry between coats.  I would recommend spraying only in a large, open area.  It is a little stinky.  But it dried really quickly and wasn’t all streaky like some paints can be.


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Can you believe how easy that was??  And look how darling this chalkboard frame is!!  Might I add that it’s especially cute next to my gorgeous orchids that my hubby gave to me today.

NOW GO HAVE SOME FUN!!  If you end up  making something inspired by what I’ve shared today, do me a favor and send me a picture of your project!  I love to see what others have done!!  My email: katy@katyscreations.com