Wednesday, January 20, 2010

vintage framed chalkboard

every kitchen, every studio, every home needs a chalkboard.  we love to make chalkboards out of pretty vintage frames, like this one.  it's quite easy.  first, you need to find a good sized old frame (they are readily available, usually devoid of artwork, at flea markets, antique malls, and consignment shops).  next, cut a piece of wood that fits snugly into the opening in the back of the frame (we use pine or maple boards, and sometimes, if you ask really sweetly, the hardware store people will cut it to the size you need).  Paint the board with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint.  if you want, you can use magnetic paint before the chalkboard paint, but you will need to do multiple coats, otherwise magnets won't adhere very well.  Tack the chalkboard into the frame, and hang. voila! pretty, unusual chalkboard.

or, if you can't be bothered, we'll be listing this chalkboard and some others on our etsy store,  


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