Making almost anything into a chalkboard isn’t hard and only requires chalkboard paint. But today I want to show you the materials I used to create an easy, light weight, attractive chalkboard for my master bedroom redo.
- Empty picture frame
- Black foam board
- Valspar Chalkboard Spray paint
- xacto knife
- Hot glue
- Rub ‘n buff (totally optional)
When we did our family portrait photo shoot, I dismantled an old (ridiculously heavy) mirror to use the frame as a prop for the shoot. The mirror was just too heavy to easily hang anywhere, but the frame is lovely! I wanted to brighten it up a bit, so I added some Rub ‘n Buff in Gold Leaf. You just place a little on a paper towel or rag and rub it onto your frame.
Below you can see the subtle difference it made to my frame. The right side has been rub ‘n buffed and the left is the original finish.
Okay, and now for the secret ingredient….foam board. I’m a bit obsessed with using foam board in my decorating. It’s just so easy to work with and relatively inexpensive. Note: This chalkboard isn’t going to be receiving a ton of use. I’ll be able to switch up the message when I want, but if I was making this for the kids’ use I would use something studier. I purchased a large sheet of foam board for $6 from Staples (they are cheaper at Hob Lob) and gave it two light coats of Valspar Chalkboard Paint.
Next, I measured where I needed to cut the foam board and cut it out using an xacto knife.
To secure the board to the frame, I used a tiny bit of hot glue around the edges and held it in place until dry.
Voila! Cute, light weight chalkboard that doesn’t require more than a few nails in the wall to hang. Enjoy!