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How to Make an Awesome Framed Chalkboard

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I’m super excited to show you my new chalkboard that I created using a couple unique materials: some pieces of basswood, chalkboard paint, stencils (adhesive silkscreens) and some super amazing erasable liquid chalk.

I used different colors to paint the frame because well, you know me, I couldn’t resist trying all of them at the same time. I really like the fun effect, which by the way, would look amazing in a kid’s or teen’s bedroom, but in my house, it’s going directly in my kitchen. I’m so excited about the idea of being able to write notes and grocery lists on there!

Want to learn how to make a chalkboard like this one?

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

MATERIAL:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts® Multi-surface Chalkboard Paint in raspberry ice, grape jelly, gray and black
  • Martha Stewart Crafts® 2oz Erasable Liquid Chalk, White
  • Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens (stencil)
  • A fun looking frame. You can reuse an old one you already have at home! I found this one at Michaels and loved the shape.
  • Three or so basswood strips
  • Brushes and tape

All these products are available at Michaels 

STEPS:

Note: If you find a complete picture frame you are not going to need to create the back of it. You can skip to step #3.

1. Let’s complete the frame. I’m using some pieces of basswood for the back of the frame. You can also buy plywood and cut a rectangle that fits the frame. I decided to try the basswood because it’s easier to cut and really lightweight. The little spaces will help me write the notes in straight lines, something I’m obsessed about.

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

2. Glue the basswood to the frame using wood glue.

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

3. Start painting the frame. I used Martha Stewart Crafts® Multisurface Chalkboard Paint in raspberry ice, grape jelly, and gray. This water based paint lets you turn any porous surface into a chalkboard, it’s available in lots of colors! Add two layers of each color and let them dry at least an hour between each coat. Do you know the best part? You are going to be able to write notes on the frame as well!

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

4. Now we need to paint the inside of the frame. I used Martha Stewart Crafts® multi-surface Chalkboard Paint in black. It’s an incredible rich color that will contrast with the white liquid chalk and create a fantastic effect. Add two or three layers of this color and when you finish, allow the paint to cure for 24 hours.

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

5. Rub the flat side of a chalk over the entire surface and wipe it off using a damp paper towel.

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

6. Using the amazing Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens, start organizing letters and adding shapes. You are going to need to cut every letter first. The silkscreens are adhesive but you might need to attach them with tape for extra support.

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7. Now it’s time to start using the awesome erasable liquid chalk. Dot or rub the liquid chalk over the stencil. When finished, carefully peel back your stencil. You can wash your stencil with some warm water after this step and save them carefully for other future projects.

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8. Allow the liquid chalk to dry. It will not come off until you use a damp cloth or sponge, leaving no shadow, isn’t that awesome?

Check out this video for a little help with the steps

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

Some inspiration: Introducing Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard Paint products:

In addition to the new Martha Stewart Crafts® Chalkboard line, visit Michael’s to learn about more new products, including Martha Stewart Crafts® Vintage Decor Paint!

How to make an awesome framed chalkboard | Live Colorful

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*Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Martha Stewart Crafts® and Blueprint Social. All ideas, pictures and opinions are my own. 

14 Responses

  1. MJ TABUSH says:

    I totally love this tutorial!!!

  2. Kathy says:

    That looks great in your kitchen!

  3. Great project idea! I love the slats you added to the frame! Great job!

  4. janika R says:

    Love this tutorial and the new blog design too.

  5. Sara Strauss says:

    I love this!! Chalkboards are so fun and I really like how colorful this is!
    ~Sara

  6. Merrie K. says:

    Forget the kids! i would put that in my room :) how did you find the chalk paint? Is it dusty?

  7. I love it, you used my favorite colors pink & purple and it seems very easy to do it,
    Thanks to share!!

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