A chalkboard is the perfect way to make a shopping or other reminder list. It is also a fun canvas for children to create adorable artwork. Repurposing an old picture frame to surround a chalkboard creates instant artwork within the home. Use this project to give your shopping list pizzazz or highlight the artistic talents of the youngest family members.
You will need:
• Picture frame featuring a sturdy backer board
• Thin piece of laminated plywood (optional)
• Chalkboard spray paint or paint (or black and white paint)
• Flathead screwdriver
• Picture wire and picture hanger (if not already present)
• T-square (optional)
• Tape measure
Step 1: With the screwdriver, lift the metal placement holders located on the back of the picture frame. Remove any artwork and keep the backer board and glass.
Step 2: Make sure the backer board on the picture frame is sturdy. If not, use a thin section of laminated plywood for the chalkboard surface.
Step 3: Brush or spray the primer onto the backer board or plywood and allow it to dry.
Step 4: Apply one coat of the chalkboard paint, let this dry, and if needed, apply a second coat. The manufacturer instructions will indicate the proper drying time. You can create a permanent chalkboard look by using black paint instead.
Step 5: If you are using this project for artistic purposes, decide on the message or picture that will be included on the chalkboard. Use the tape measure to determine the dimensions of the workspace and then draw or write a draft on paper with the pencil to make sure everything will fit.
Step 6: Add the message or draw the design on the chalkboard with the chalk (or use white paint on the black paint for a permanent creation). A T-square can be used to help keep lines straight when making a list.
Step 7: Clean the glass and place it in the frame, then put the chalkboard into the frame. If you plan to change the display regularly, do not use the glass. Fasten the metal pieces on the back of the frame with the screwdriver so they hold the chalkboard in place.
Step 8: Hang the frame using the picture wire and picture hanger.