DIY Chalkboard

I have been wanting to make my own chalkboard for quite some time, I just had not come across a frame that I liked enough.  I had the perfect place to hang one, so when a co-worker was giving some things away, she had a gold frame that I knew would work perfectly. (Thank you, Cheryl!)


I immediately knew that I was going to use my chalk paint because I wanted to distress the frame for that worn look.  I applied two coats of the chalk paint with a foam brush and let it dry completely.  Once dry, I broke out my sandpaper and started distressing until I reached the desired look. (In hindsight, I would have left more of the gold intricate detailing instead of filling every nook with paint, but I am still happy with how it turned out.)

Since there was no back to this frame, it made the most sense to cut a piece of plywood to fit the back.  Two coats of chalkboard paint was used to cover the plywood and when dry, was glued into the frame using wood glue.  Since I like to dabble in art as a hobby of mine, I knew that I wanted to use this chalkboard to display quotes and drawings and anything else that I wanted to draw on it and change occasionally; especially with the holidays.  After everything was dry and finished, I used regular chalk to write a holiday saying on the chalkboard and hung it up.  I am not real sure how I like using the plywood as the backing because there are ridges in the wood and it proves difficult to make clean, straight lines and I will definitely be purchasing colored chalk to make things more fun, but for my first one, I am happy with the way it turned out.  I am sure I will change the drawings and quotes frequently.  Has anyone else made their own chalkboard??