How to Turn an Antique Frame into a Chalkboard

My day and my project began with a walk around the neighborhood and a great find! 
How to Make an Antique Frame into a Chalkboard
Wow! Another great find just sitting out for the garbage man. Last week I found another fabulous find! It's been some great week for vintage treasures. 
This old frame had a few missing pieces of the trim but it really didn't matter because my plan was to paint this beauty. 
How to turn an Antique Frame into a Chalkboard

I brought it down to the basement and began a light sanding to remove any chipping paint. 
Sanding a chippy frame

I decided to prime this piece before I chose a color. I was actually wondering if white might be a good choice for a frame color. 
priming an antique frame

I almost went with white because I usually do, but this time I thought it needed a pop of color. Decoart sent me this beautiful blue color called treasure and I couldn't wait to give it a try. It's a chalky paint so when I'm finished I will seal the frame. 
How to turn an Antique Frame into a Chalkboard with a Pop of Color

As you can see I added a Scrabble rack to hold the chalk. 
Adding a Scrabble ledge to an antique frame

Antique Frame Chalkboard with a Pop of Color

I added a pre-made chalkboard to the back of the frame using wood glue and a few small nails. The pre-made chalkboards can be found at Home Depot and if you're really lucky they will even cut it to the size you need. 
Adding a chalkboard to an Antique Frame Chalkboard with a Pop of Color

I added a silver gilding wax to the decorative trim to make it pop then sealed the paint with a spray sealer, masking off the chalkboard before I sprayed. 
Using Gilding wax on an antique frame chalkboard

This bright blue chalkboard is the perfect pop of color I needed in my very neutral home. 
Creating a chalkboard from an antique frame

Creating an antique chalkboard frame with a pop of color.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Very pretty, Susan - I just finished an old frame in the same color and turned it into a chalkboard. Great minds think alike! I'll be posting it in a few weeks.

    1. Good for you Ann! Bright colors are not usually my thing but this old frame seemed to call for this. I'm glad I used it, can't wait to see yours!


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