chalkboard frame

June 20th, 2010 | Posted by

What you’ll need:

  • 1 picture frame complete with glass
  • 1 can of Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray paint
  • 2″ wide painter’s tape
  • 1 package of chalk

What to do:

  1. If you don’t like the frame color, you can always paint the frame first and let it dry for 24 hours before beginning the rest of this process.
  2. Use the painter’s tape to cover the frame, but keep the glass exposed. You can prime the glass by giving it a light sanding or simply go on to the next step.
  3. Shake the spray paint can for 1 minute.
  4. Hold the spray can about 10–12 inches away.
  5. Begin spraying in the fluid motion back and forth, moving your way down the frame.
  6. Let dry for a few minutes.
  7. Spray another coat.
  8. Let dry for up to 24 hours.
  9. You’re finished! You can write and erase your new chalkboard completely after 24 hours of drying.

Now, you have a surface on which to write to-do lists, grocery lists, or a menu for your dinner guests.


  1. Jonna says:

    Love this DIY! Such an awesome way to re-purpose an old frame (especially one that has an odd shape, and difficult to find photos that fit in it). Thanks for sharing!

    • Cece says:

      I love this idea! I will:-) use as a daily devotional board to tell what God is saying to them regularly. To share with the family.

  2. Jessica S. says:

    Oh my gosh!! Natalee!! I love everything you post DIY wise, but you are on the Virtue site! Congrats sweetie! <3

  3. Tiffany Jonker says:

    I tried this project out and it is so fun and practical! Thank you for sharing Natalee. <3

  4. Mary Valera says:

    Very creative idea! I love it. This will be my next project with my little girl. Thank you

    • Natalee Lopez says:

      Mary – I’m not sure if you watched the Virtue video post that Brittany did about “Decorating on a Budget”, but a great suggestion she made was to take a table and spray paint it with the chalkboard paint! Such a great creative space for little imaginations to go wild.

      • Cece says:

        Wow I have a bistro set on the back porch that I will use to for this project. I will spray paint the table and each chair a bright yellow. Make smiley face pillow covers. This will be a place of retreat when the little ones need a smile:-) or big ones like me:-)

  5. Sandi Baker says:

    I am so excited. I made a big one for myself and went to the thrift store for some old pictures. These make great gifts. Now my daughter is getting the crafty bug. I love it. Thanks.

  6. Jo says:

    Keep up the good work. I love all your crafty ideas and they are so much fun!!

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