DIY Project: From an Unwanted Painting Comes a Trendy Chalkboard Wall-Hanging

If you watch any home decorating show or read any furniture magazine, you’ll see that chalkboard paint is very popular these days.  And it should be.  It’s easy to apply, practical, and frankly, it looks cool however you use it.  Not to mention the fact that it’s just so charming the way it reminds you of school days long past.

I’ve totally jumped on the bandwagon. 

One way that I like to use chalkboard paint is by making my own chalkboard wall-hangings—easy, fun, and definitely very cool.

chalkboard wall-hanging made from old painting

If you’re anything like me, you probably already have one item you need for this project just lying around the house—an old, unwanted painting.  And hey, even if you don’t, just check out your local thrift store—I think they’re pretty easy to find.

I’m partial to using the paintings that have ornate, gold-colored frames.   While I tend to think these frames make a painting look old-fashioned, when used as a chalkboard wall-hanging I think they are just superb.  In combination with the plain, dark chalkboard paint, the ornate frame makes the piece look interesting, perhaps even a touch regal.

So without further ado, here are instructions for making your very own chalkboard wall-hanging:

  • Obtain an old painting, painters tape, and chalkboard paint (any major home improvement store should have chalkboard paint);
  • Tape off the inside four edges of the frame with painters tape; and
  • Apply chalkboard paint to canvas, follow directions on paint container (1-2 coats of chalkboard paint should be sufficient)

Congrats, you have your very own chalkboard wall-hanging—enjoy!



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