My time spent scouring board after board on Pinterest has proved to be productive, as I have discovered a new love – chalkboards. Chalkboards are equally as beautiful as they are practical, with details and gorgeous colour framing a family to-do list, meal planning board in the kitchen or simple seasonal note. Chalkboards are also a great idea to use up my ever growing collection of antique frames, varying in shape, size and era (trust me, I’m addicted)!
The real reason that I’m in love with this idea is that with a great frame and a dab of colour, you are left with a simple & personal home décor DIY. So, if you’ve also been up too late searching for Pinspiration and wondering when you are going to find the time to do this project, I am here to help you out with a simple and creative DIY for a timeless piece that will help make your house a home.
Of course, you want to start out with a frame. I’m addicted to finding these little gems at antique stores, flea markets, etc. However, you can simply use an old picture frame you have lying around. To prepare your frame, I always apply a coat of Fusion’s Ultra Grip to help the paint adhere to the surface. Once you have let that cure for 12 hours, you can start getting creative with you paint and finishes. I love the pastel colours for summer, so I went with Fusion’s “Buttermilk Cream”, a soft yellow. Your paint colour is where you can really get creative, and choose a colour that really suits you space. You can pick up an accent colour in your space, introduce a complementary colour, or go with a soft neutral. The options are endless, and you can view them here!
Apply a coat of paint with a natural bristle brush. The paint goes a long way, so depending on the size of the frame, you will only need one of Fusion’s sample sizes to complete the project. After 1-2 coats, your frame is all ready to go. You have some different options with your finishes that can help bring out the details in your frame. This paint has a built in top coat, so a finish is optional, but white and dark waxes are great to brush over your piece for some added dimension. We left our little yellow frame fresh & simple.
Once you’ve got your frame painted, it’s time to prep your chalkboard. You will need:
- A thin MDF board from your local building store (you can measure it to fit your frame & cut it yourself or some places will event cut it for you)
- Clear Silicone or carpenter’s glue
- Fusion Mineral Paint’s “Coal Black”
Apply Fusion’s Ultra Grip to the board, the same process used on the frame, and let it dry for 12 hours before painting. After your primer has dried, simply paint the board with your Fusion Mineral Paint. This should take 1-2 coats.
Once your painting is complete, glue the piece into your frame with clear silicone or carpenter’s glue. To prepare the chalkboard, prime the piece with a piece of chalk. Rub the chalk on the surface of the board and wipe it off with a dry rag. Attach your hook to the back of the frame, and your project is complete!
We love the functionality of the chalkboard once it’s complete, and love the personal element it can add to any space. We especially love the idea of a chalkboard menu in the kitchen and little quotes and messages written on the board. Since back to school season is also (sadly) around the corner, this is a great way to get the kids organized and leave sweet messages before they head out for the day. We’ve included a few of our favourites from Pinterest for a little bit of inspiration.
If you’d like to see what else I’ve been loving lately on Pinterest, feel free to connect with me using the social media links down below. I’d love to see what you’ve been pinning, and am always looking for new projects and ideas that I don’t have time to do!
If you have used a chalkboard around your house in a creative way, or you plan on getting creative with chalkboards these next few weeks of summer & into the back to school season, let me know on my social media down below using #purespiration – enjoy!