Framed Memo Chalk Board

2100winmeI have been wanting to make a chalk frame for a while now.  I love the look of a chalk board inside a frame hanging delicately on the wall, plus I figured it was a simple DIY project most anyone could do.  So, I decided to make two frames- one for my home, and one for your home!  (You will have a chance to win one of these boards if you stick around and read to the end)

This is a tale of two frames, a black one and a teal one.  Although the frames are the same size, and purchased from the same store (Marshalls) they were very different to work with.  The glass behind the black frame is glued in, so I couldn’t get it out to spray it with the chalk paint.  The glass in the teal frame came right out which made it SO much easier to work with.  I decided to paint the black frame white, and leave the teal frame teal.  To do this project you will need chalkboard paint (I used Valspar paint from Lowes) Frog tape, 220 grit sand paper, and the picture frame of your choice.
For each frame, I took the 220 grit sandpaper and carefully sanded the glass to scratch all over the surface.  This so the chalk paint will adhere well.  (For the black frame glass, I did the sanding on the glass with it still in the frame.)  Next I took glass cleaner and wiped away the excess glass dust from the it so the glass was smooth.
Before I spray painted the black frame white, I covered the glass inside with Frog tape and a magazine page.  This is to protect the glass from getting white paint on it.
I brought both the glass from the teal frame and the black frame with the glass into my garage to spray paint them.  Reminder, when you are spray painting, make sure you are in a well ventilated area!  I did several coats of chalk paint on the glass, making sure to wait a couple hours between each coat.  I also did several coats of white paint over the frame.  When the final coat of the white paint was dry, I removed the Frog tape from the glass, and put new tape on the perimeter of the frame, making sure to cover it entirely.  Then I did several coats of the chalk paint over the course of about 5 hours.
When the paint was dry, I placed the glass carefully back into its frame, and removed the Frog tape from the other frame.  Viola!
To win the now white frame, all you need to do is be subscribed to this blog and leave a comment below about where you would display your memo chalk board.  I will randomly select the winner by Sunday night!  My Framed Memo Chalk Board is by my front door at the moment.  Good luck!!



There are 16 comments for this article
  1. Hannah at 9:17 am

    This is BY FAR my favorite post so far!!! That is SO. COOL.

    • Abi at 8:50 pm

      If you want it, you need to say where you will put it! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth at 9:54 am

    hmmm. I would post it in my room or by the front door; it’s a great place to have written reminders of things I need before I rush out the door like a chicken with my head cut off! 😉

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 9:43 pm

      Great idea Elizabeth!

  3. Jessie at 10:09 am

    LOVE THIS!!! I love how that frame looks in the metal stand. You are one classy lady 😉

  4. Alison at 10:30 am

    Love this! would have never thought to use a frame and paint the glass. I have an ivory frame that I’m not using and is about 10×10 square – I’m totally going to turn it into a chalkboard and put it on the ledge in my kitchen.

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 9:41 pm

      Nice! If you need to borrow my chalkboard spray paint let me know!

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 9:40 pm

      Thank you Becca!

  5. Dana at 7:58 pm

    Such a great project! I’d hang it in my kitchen 🙂

  6. Abi at 8:49 pm

    Great idea, Mags. We would use it for our weekly memory verse for our family. Also, couldn’t help but notice the Melapower!!

    • Abi at 9:03 pm

      Oh! We would put it on the living room wall, above the light switch, next to the doorframe (it’s kind of a hard place to describe!); this is the room we use for reading the Bible with the kids.

      • Story.Style.Vision Author at 9:39 pm

        I know the place! 😉

  7. Daddy at 10:34 pm

    In the kitchen if Mommy would let me. Otherwise by my computer. God bless you!

  8. Ellyne at 6:09 pm

    Wow – you turned the frame into a black board. How cleaver and who know it is a frame. Nicely done – looks so professional. I might be old fashion, now that everyone has a cell phone but… I think it would be great for important phone numbers for a baby sitter, Mom, Dad, Grandma, hospital, poison control, etc. ejo