I don’t have a lot of time to blog today because my kids are home for a P.A. day (hip hip…. ), so I thought I’d quickly tell you about an easy DIY project that I completed.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is go and buy a huge print of an ugly painting. The bigger the better. It should be a print, because you don’t want lumpy bumpy oil paint on the surface.
These are along the lines of what I’m talking about:

I suggest looking at smaller thrift stores, like the Goodwill, St. Vinny’s, Salvation Army, etc. I see these ugly pieces of crap at Value Village all the time, and they’re asking a minimum of $20. Yeah, OK Value Village, whatever. I spent $6 on mine at St. Vinny’s.
Step 2, take the thing outside, and spray paint it with grey primer. The whole thing; the painting, frame, and back of frame. I used this:

Then I painted the painting with three coats of black chalkboard paint. I didn’t tape off the frame, since it was going to be painted next. Here’s the chalkboard paint I used:
I then waited for the chalkboard paint to dry (it dries really quickly), and I then used newspaper and green painter’s tape to cover the surface of the painting so that I could paint the frame. I picked up some cheap green spray paint from Walmart for less than $2. Here’s the brand I used:

And that’s all there was to it! For less than $20 I have a huge chalkboard hanging in my hallway, ready to display a to-do list, the evening’s menu, an inspirational quote, or a nagging reminder from mom.
Here’s my finished chalkboard:

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

15 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Chalkboard

  1. Losing Brownies

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I to believe that there is a magic in Santa and don’t think we should keep that from The Boy.

    I love the project you posted about! I am going to have to do this! I think it’s great and will save on tons of paper. I’m always leaving Gadget Guy notes, but half the time he has no idea what I’m talking about!


  2. Colie's Kitchen

    Hi I am Nicole from ColiesKitchen.com I found you on a blog hop and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.


  3. The Laundry Ladies

    What a freaking awesome idea!?! Yeah, we’re friends now – new follower – can’t wait to see what other cool gems you pull out of you bag of tricks next! Thanks for checking us out and following – we’re stalking you back!! LOL

    Have a great evening!


  4. Mrs. Chic

    I love the size of your chalk board!!! I did a OK size one in our dining room and your making me wanna go large!! I also love the bright color your painted it and the peek into your living room…off to read more of your blogs posts :)


  5. Teri Eddy

    Ok, I just found your post and as I lay here still in bed at 11:41 in the morning with absolutely ZERO motivation due to a lingering migraine… THIS and only THIS project has inspired me to shower today. Now I may not get to the Goodwill but mark my work, I will! And I will do this! I love this project. I think I will make it my mission to find the ugliest print I can find and put it out of it’s misery.
    Thank you for the oomph I needed to get my butt moving today at the least… and for this cute idea as well. I have the perfect spot picked out for my “management” message board.
    (sharing on facebook too)


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