I've been thinking about putting some sort of message board in our kitchen for a while now and it needed to be something I could actually write on, but I wasn't really wanting a dry erase board. That pretty much left me with the option of making a chalkboard. My plan was to find a large picture frame that I could paint, and then I would paint a piece of particle board with some chalkboard spray paint and put it all together. I finally found the frame I was looking for at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you've never heard of those before, it is basically a place where people bring their gently used or surplus building materials, light fixtures, paint, bathroom fixtures, and apparently, picture frames. It is a pretty neat place and I've heard of people finding small slabs of granite or brand new appliances that someone replaced just because of color. Everything is priced very reasonably and the proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity. Even if it you aren't looking for anything in particular, you should check it out if you have one in your area. Never know what you'll find! Here's the frame I found in its original state.
It had some cobwebs and a weird stick on velvet strip that needed to be peeled off. I cleaned it up, sanded the part where the "velvet" had been and got ready to spray paint it. First I used some primer, and then I painted it with semi-gloss white spray paint.
The top coat was really not covering it well, plus I realized that it was too white compared to our slightly off white trim it would up against. So I sprayed it again with primer, then used a paint brush and our leftover trim paint to cover it again. It looked much better after that.
|Too white compared to the trim.|
I used Gorilla Glue to attach the board to the frame, but that turned out to not be such a great idea since it ended up oozing out the front side and I had to scrape it off once it was dried. Oh well, I think it is stuck together pretty well. So without further ado, here is the finished product!
I mostly plan on using it as a place to write things we need to get at the store when we go on our weekly shopping trip, but for now it's showing the menu. That way, Joe will know what kind of meat to take out of the freezer each morning :) That's it for now! Oh, and happy birthday to my sister Sara and my cousin Lizzie! Have a great weekend!