How to Make a Framed Chalkboard



There is something about chalkboards that I just love.  They are rustic, and can be dressed up or down. Chalkboard paint seems to have taken the world by storm, and for good reason. Just slap it on pretty much anything, and boom! You’ve got yourself something cute and functional.

I’m loving chalkboards that have pretty frames right now, which is great, because they are incredibly easy.

When I first set out to create the look, I had an image in my head of what I was looking for.  This beautiful frame was my inspiration.  I searched long and hard, and ended up finding one at goodwill.

My trick for finding a great frame for an even greater price is looking at goodwill, thrift stores, yards sales, etc., and picking one with a dated and unattractive print/picture inside.  Disregard what’s on the inside, it’s gonna get covered up.

Make sure your frame has glass.  That is what you’ll be painting.


  • Frame with glass
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paintbrush


  • Lay your frame on a flat surface. No need to remove the print behind the glass.
  • Use the painter’s tape to protect the frame where it meets the glass.  Do not put tape on the glass itself.
  • Dip your paintbrush in the chalkboard paint and start painting the glass.  You can also use a small roller to get a smoother surface. You will probably need at least 2 coats.
  • Let dry.  Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint.  Some take a couple days to cure and don’t recommend using chalk on them until that happens.

So, next time you see a crazy looking picture in an awesome frame, give it a chance.  You might be pleasantly surprised with what it can become.

Have a great week!



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