I’m a huge fan of DIY projects that are easy, fast, and inexpensive. This picture frame chalkboard is definitely all three!
At some point I got the idea (from Pinterest, maybe, but I can’t be sure) to use a mirror and spray the glass to create a decorative chalkboard. I did that as a Christmas present for a friend last year and while I was very pleased with how it turned out it was rather time consuming. I had to use paint tape to protect the frame and I made my paint coats entirely too heavy so it took forever to dry. It was also difficult to get the paint right up to the edge of the frame without leaving thick globs around the edge.
This time around I made a few changes and was able to make the project much faster and easier.
-Picture frame in the size and style of your choosing
-1 can of Chalkboard Paint (available at Michaels)
1) Take the glass cover out of the frame (don’t worry if yours is plastic- it will work just fine!) and place it on a covered surface in a well ventilated area. Use glass cleaner to get rid any fingerprints/skin oils that may be on the frame. These can cause small bubbles in the paint if not removed.
2) Spray glass LIGHTLY with chalkboard paint (don’t forget to shake the can well).
3) Allow the paint to dry for approximately 25-30 minutes. When it is dry to the touch add another light coat and let it dry.
4) One more coat! Using multiple light coats makes the drying process much, much faster than a single heavy coat.
5) After the third coat I allowed mine to dry overnight just to make absolutely certain the paint was completely dry.
6) Replace the glass in the frame and you are done!
Now you have a cute, decorative chalkboard! I highly recommend using it with chalk markers! They leave a pretty, vivid color and are more precise than regular chalk. They sell them in packs of 4 at Michaels or other craft stores.