How to Make a DIY Chalkboard with a Vintage Frame

When thrifting, do you ever run across cool frames with *ahem* not cool art? I do all the time. Recently I came across 2 Syroco frames with dusty florals that just weren’t that cute. So I made them into chalkboard. Keep reading to learn how to repurpose old picture frames into a DIY chalkboard.

This is the kind of project that I procrastinated on for about a month, but ended up taking a few minutes to complete.

Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!

How to Repurpose Old Picture Frames into Chalkboards

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*I already had luan that I had painted with chalkboard paint, but our local hardware store sells pre-painted chalkboard sheet wood. You could also paint your own luan or even paint the existing art or glass. I’ve painted plexiglass with chalkboard paint in the past and it held up well.

**One more note: I do NOT recommend using chalk markers with painted chalkboards. They seem to become permanent. Just stick with chalk.****

  1. Find an old picture frame to repurpose. You can spray paint it a fun color if you want. Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  2. Remove the back from your art. Mine was attached with small screws. If your frame attached like this, keep the back for later to secure the chalkboard in place. Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  3. Use the art as a template on the luan. Flip it to the wood side and trace around the edge.
  4. Throw the glass away (or paint on it if you want. I recommend the chalkboard spray paint if you use glass or plexiglass.)Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  5. Carefully cut around the lines you marked. Err on slightly smaller that the lines your traced. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. The frame will cover the edges. My frame was oval, which isn’t the easiest to cut. Make sure it fits right.Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  6. Rub chalk onto the surface to season it. Then wipe away the excess dust. This will prevent your writing from staying on the surface forever. Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  7. Place the wood into the frame, chalkboard side down.Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!
  8. Replace the back using the screws and back piece. Even though the wood is slightly thicker than the previous art and glass, it still fit just fine. Repurpose old picture frames and make your own DIY chalkboard! This simple DIY decor project is so easy! Make a chalkboard for your home today!

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