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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

upcycle a frame - create a chalkboard

 
tutorial and photography Tanya Collier | www.tickletheimagination.com.au
car chalk - www.chalkchook.com.au

My dad loves collecting frames at flea markets, and occasionally he has more than he knows what to do with! He passed a pile of these rather unattractive seventies style frames on to me about a year ago, and they have been sitting waiting for a makeover. When I discovered Chalk Chook handmade chalks earlier this year I finally knew what the frames were meant to be... sweet little chalkboards for my nephews! These adorable chalkboards are simple to make with a minimum of materials and, combined with a bundle of chalk and a pull string bag, make a lovely stocking filler for christmas!
 
you will need...
+ old picture frame
+ sanding pad
+ paint brushes
+ acrylic undercoat sealer
+ chalkboard paint
+ acrylic paint

getting started...
remove the backing and glass from the picture frame. We've kept the foam core insert for the chalkboard



 step 1
lightly sand the frame to remove gloss.

step 2
apply a coat of acrylic sealer undercoat. Leave to dry.

step 3
apply two coats of top colour, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats. We've used low-sheen acrylic, but for something harder wearing you might like to use enamel.

step 4 & 5
apply two to three coats of chalkboard paint to the foam-core.

step 6
insert chalkboard into frame.

* you might like to cover the back with double sided tape and patterned paper for a professional finish!

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