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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Antique Frame

In a well-ventilated area, apply dark walnut wood stain to a small section of frame using a one-inch foam brush, working the stain into molded details (Image 1). Gently rub off excess with a clean rag (Image 2). Repeat process around entire frame. Wood stain will stain skin, so wear latex gloves. Tip: Stain will remain tacky for about 24 hours, so allow plenty of dry time after this step.

Make Chalkboard

Cut a piece of 1/4" hard board to fit inside frame. Spray surface of hard board with primer and allow to dry. Apply two coats of chalkboard paint with foam roller, allowing ample dry time between coats. Tip: Cover paint tray and roller in cling wrap between coats so they only need to be washed once.

Insert Chalkboard

Once dry, insert chalkboard into frame using small nails hammered into sides of frame to secure it.

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