From Frame to Chalkboard a Simple Upcycle

Did you know it’s National Upcycle day on the 24th June?

Me neither, until recently.

So in honor of this day, I’ve completed my own Frame to Chalkboard upcycle project, which you can do too. It’s incredibly simple and so cheap to make, and creating your own chalkboard is brilliant if it’s your first upcycle project. It’s a perfect fit in a childrens playroom, bedroom, or to sit on your kitchen wall for lists and reminders. Ours is currently in our sons bedroom. We leave him short messages on there, which seems a little fruitless since he can’t read yet. But it’s the thought that matters.

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To start your Chalkboard Upcycle, you will need:

  • Sand Paper

  • A wooden picture frame (ours is from Sainsburys)

  • Frog Tape or masking tape to stop the paints running

  • Chalkboard Paint

  • Surface Primer

  • Paint suitable for wood (in your choice of colour, we chose duck egg)

  • Thin paint brush

All above paints are from Rustoleum. If you fancy taking on another project, you can find plenty of inspiration on their website, along with a paint to suit every need. You can pick up these products from any hardware store, and if you don’t already have a frame you can pick one up at very little cost in a second-hand shop. I found the Rustoleum products great to work with. They can be used on almost any surface and the paints have really great coverage. I also loved the smell of the primer, it was like spraying bubblegum into the air. Not something I would recommend sniffing, however.


Step 1

Lightly sand the wooden frame. Then use your tape to cover the frame, leaving the glass ready for painting.


Step 2

Using your chalkboard paint, spray the glass surface until it’s fully covered. Spray from a slight distance so the paint doesn’t gather in an area and go drippy. Your aim is a smooth finish. I made the mistake of over-spraying an area, but luckily it was salvaged easily. Leave the glass to dry for at least 6 hours. And away from small children, they’re attracted to things like this.


Step 3

Remove the tape from the wooden frame and then cover the chalkboard section with tape (fresh tape).

Step 4

Spray your primer covering your wooden frame. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.


Step 5

The best part, finishing your project. Grab the paint of your choice and paint your primed, wooden frame. Try to paint in the direction as the grain of wood. Leave it to dry, preferably for at least 6 hours. Paint a second coat if it’s needed. Then stand or hang your finished chalkboard in your chosen spot and start chalking a few messages.

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If you decide to do this project please tweet me a pic! It’s such a sweet little upcycle and can turn a fairly drab frame into a fun decor accessory for your home. You could even stencil around the edges to add a more personal touch, or spray white over your painted frame and lightly sand the frame, giving a shabby chic effect.

There’ll be plenty more projects coming. I’m excited to put a little more love into our home by recreating and upcycling what we already have, so don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss them!

Rustoleum kindly provided me with the paints. Luckily I have tons left which means there’ll be plenty more crafts to come! Thank you Rustoleum.


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  1. June 23, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Ingenious! This is awesome. Thanks. (Now I hope I find the time to try this).

    • firstooth
      June 23, 2016 / 6:23 am

      Thank you!

  2. June 24, 2016 / 10:21 am

    I have done this four times already! I just love love chalkboards! Your tutorial is perfect, it’s so easy to do. #TheList

  3. June 29, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    This looks so great huni! Good job! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x x

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thanks hun x

  4. June 30, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    That’s a great idea! So simple & it looks really good! I write my kids messages they can’t read too – you’re not alone on that! #thelist

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