Sunday, June 3, 2012

Because Nice Matters

Chalkboards of all shapes and sizes are EVERYWHERE! I've always loved chalkboards (I think I may have been a teacher in a former life! LOL) In one of my houses I painted the door in the mudroom with chalkboard paint and then when we moved in here I painted a large wall in our kitchen with it. Love it! I'd show it to you, but it's a mess of scribbled notes (as always!) But, I will show you a small chalkboard I recently made!

Let's start from the beginning shall we?!
I found this frame at the Salvation Army for $3.99! Perfect for what I had planned! An ornate frame and a wide mat.

First off, paint the frame. I spray painted it with Leafy
Green, then sanded some spots and rubbed stain over the whole thing.

Next: rip a bunch of pages out of an old book. Then modge podge them all over the mat, going in different directions, overlapping and folding over the edges. Coat the whole thing with a couple coats of modge podge.

 After it's all dry, run an ink pad along the edges to "age" the mat a little.
Next, cut a piece of thin (1/4 inch) plywood to fit the back of the frame. Paint it with chalkboard paint. I do at least 3 coats. When that's all dry, reassemble your frame, minus the glass.

Once it's all assembled, write an inspiring message on it and put it on some shelves your husband put up for you!

Linking To:

 Not Just a Housewife
The Well Crafted Home:
Somewhat Simple:
 Crafty Scrappy Happy:
Saved By Love/Thrifty Thursdays:
House of Hepworths
Fingerprints on the Fridge: Whipperberry:
  Tattertots & Jello:


  1. Hi Amy! This is super cute! And I love the message. I sometimes feel the need to staple that sentiment to certain people's foreheads, but then ... maybe I'm missing the point ... ;)

  2. I love the color you painted the frame. I've been getting into chalkboards lately too...I just love how you can change out the messages on them whenever you want!

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  3. So adorable... thanks for linking up at