A Hidden Rembrant

You've heard about those people who
find hidden art treasures behind other paintings...

Well I found a hidden gem behind old art work too...

This tired rooster painting was spending a lot of time in 
my basement so I thought I would see what new life I could 
create for this old masterpiece....

At first I thought about sanding the rooster but it had a textured finish so I had another idea...

I ripped off the back paper on the picture and discovered that the rooster was no more than a panel that could be removed...

So I removed the panel, flipped it around, 
painted it with chalkboard paint, then replaced it in the frame...

I painted the black part of the frame with Annie Sloan
Duck Egg, leaving the gold trim intact...

I added an upside down drawer handle as the chalk holder...

 And this old rooster painting never looked better!

Ah the treasures that can be found behind old paintings....


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. I love when things work out like that, Susan! It made doing this project that much easier. Love the color on the frame!

  2. Very cool!
    I had an old framed family photo I took from my parents house when they moved. I moved a few times and the picture made its way into my attic where the glass broke. Another move and I took the pic out to toss the frame and what did I find behind it? A painting my mom had done years before that she used as the backer to the photo! I had this more than 10 years and never knew the painting was there! My mom had since passed, so this was the most amazing present to get--I still can't believe she had it hidden.

  3. Cute idea, especially like the creative use for the chalk.

  4. nice work! I love it when a plan comes together! OR when something just happens totally by accident!

  5. Makes me want to crow about the transformation.


  6. Wow! You have a great creative imagination - well done! :-)

  7. Cool Ideal ! Have you tried painting over gold frames with the aqua color and then sanding some of it back off so the gold comes back out. I did this with an old mirror . I love it ! Now everything gold in my house is getting a painting and then a sanding. Thank you for a great ideal going to my shed to see what old picture are stored that I can try this on.

  8. I love how you transformed it! Easily and awesome results!

  9. I have to tell ya, I cringe every time I paint over an old painting. lol

    your new chalkboard looks great! I love the chalk holder. Personally I'd tone down the gold, for some reason, I just don't like gold. but hey! that's just me.

    have a great weekend Susan!

  10. Clever girl! It looks great Susan. Where are you going to hang it? Fun!

  11. That's beautiful, but I love the rooster too!!

  12. This was a really smart idea and shows us how, with just a little innovation, you can take something old and turn it into something completely new. The gold trim really makes this painting stand out. It also gives it some much needed color. The upside drawer handle is genius.

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  13. Okay! But down here in East Texas we are still loving the rooster :) Old home kind of kitchen things. I'm loving your blog too. Wondering if you can tell me about your paint. I have a terrible problem when I paint I get a headache, and general all over bad time. I love to redo my finds. I need a paint that won't make cause me a bad reaction. Is this Annie Sloan paint made better without things that can cause problems??


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