DIY Chalkboard and Frame

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I have seen so many adorable, clever, and super handy chalkboards lately. I have repeatedly said to myself… “Hey, you need that!” and I did! I have had my kids artwork taped to the pantry door, laundry room and in my studio. The school calendar was on the cork board in the garage- not a convenient spot when I wake up in the middle of the night to make sure I am not the Mom on snack duty the next morning.

I wanted something pretty, functional, and accessible. I decided to make it myself.

I disassembled an old frame that was not being used. I measured the glass and headed to “Lowe’s Home Improvement Store” with my list. I must confess, I used to be a lover of “Home Depot” but have definitely switched passions over the past few months. The staff at “Lowe’s” went above and beyond to help me with this project.

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I went to the sheet metal aisle and found an employee. She helped me to make sure the piece I selected was magnetic. We found the right material and the right size. She then escorted me to the paint department.

The gentleman there helped me find the correct paint for my project. He suggested using the “Rust-oleum” brand primer for my metal before applying the chalk paint. I had initially planned to use the “paint on” on version of the chalk paint. He suggested the spray paint instead. I am glad he did. It was super easy.  After we found the correct paint, he handed me off to another gentleman in the tool department. He assisted me in finding the correct hand shears to cut my sheet metal.


I had my supplies and headed home to get started.

I used the old glass from my frame to determine the measurements for my sheet metal.

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I then used the hand shears to cut the metal. This part was the biggest challenge. It was  a bit of a pain to keep cutting and pushing the metal out of the way. However, it was not hard…just a hassle.


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After my sheet was ready, I primed it with the “Rust-oleum.”  Set it aside to dry.

While that was drying, I painted my first coat of the “Annie Sloan” chalk paint on my frame. Not to be confused with “chalkboard” paint. Totally different. The only reason this is called “chalk paint” is because of the matte finish. This paint is awesome, I love it, and am a complete addict. It is ridiculously easy to use (like magic), and the colors are vibrant. If you haven’t tried it, do it. It is worth the money and stretches forever…


After the primer dried, I spayed on my first layer of the chalkboard paint. I used the “Valspar” brand. I have also become a big fan of their products this summer. Very reliable, affordable, easy to use and lots of variety. I painted about 2 coats total.

When everything was dry and finished, I popped the metal sheet back into the frame like the piece of glass that was there before.

I love the final product. My daughter and I made some magnets using scraps of fabric and buttons. We are currently creating our summer memories.  This is project the kids can participate in all year around and it helps to stay organized. You can add daily messages, post what’s for dinner, etc. Easy and fun!

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American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.

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