Thanksgiving Ideas

How to Make an Ornate Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for holiday guests, or use it to announce the dinner menu or evening's festivities.

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Materials Needed:

  • large wooden frame
  • 1/4" hard board cut to fit in frame (Tip: You can have it cut at your local hardware store)
  • gold leaf (2-3 packages for large frame)
  • leaf sizing
  • 1" artist brush
  • soft mophead brush
  • 1" sponge brush
  • latex gloves
  • clean rag
  • dark walnut oil-based wood stain
  • spray primer
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam roller
  • paint tray
  • small nails
  • hammer

Apply Sizing

Use a one-inch artist brush to apply leaf sizing to entire frame. Allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes, or until sizing turns from milky-white to clear. Sizing should feel tacky to the touch.

Apply Gold Leaf

Use a soft brush to gently lift gold leaf sheet and apply to frame (Image 1). Brush gold leaf down onto sizing. Pieces will flake off while brushing (Image 2). Pick up these flakes and use them to fill in small gaps in leaf (Images 3 and 4). Continue this process until frame is fully covered in gold leaf. It will look rough and a little "shaggy."

Buff Gold Leaf

Gently rub mophead brush over gold leaf to buff surface (Image 1) and remove excess leaf (Image 2).

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