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DIY Framed Chalkboard from a Thrift Store Find

Have you ever heard of white chalkboard paint? It’s amazing! This DIY framed chalkboard was made from an old picture frame and accented with flowers.

DIY Framed Chalkboard from a Thrift Store Find

What do you do with a plain, white, framed piece of wood that you find randomly at work? I don’t know about you, but I make a chalkboard!

Then I add polka dots and flowers until I can barely see straight. Then I hang it on the wall and admire my work. You can do the same.

Here’s how to make a piece of wood into a DIY framed chalkboard, and embellish it with tons of fun flowers. Whee!

Framed Chalkboard

Gather These Supplies

  • Big white thing to make a chalkboard on (frame)
  • Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Fabric
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Jamaican Sea, Wicker White, Yellow Citron
  • FolkArt Chalkboard Paint – White
  • Fabric pieces – I used Brenda Pinnick’s line Couleur Vie in Abstract Blue/Light Blue and some additional teal fabric scraps that I had
  • Sizzix Big Shot and the following dies – Flower Layers with Leaf, Flowers 3-D
  • Felt pieces – turquoise and yellow
  • Prima flowers – coordinating
  • Buttons – coordinating
  • Craft Glue
  • Paintbrush
White cabinet door

Here’s the junky board before I started. Poor thing needs some help, don’t you think? At least it’s framed. I wonder what it used to be.

Painting the edge of a white cabinet with green acrylic paint

I first touched up the entire frame with Wicker White, to get rid of the banged up look. Allow to dry, then paint the outside of the frame with Yellow Citron. You’ll need several coats, so you might want to watch old Patridge Family re-runs on TV while you are working.

Painting Fabric Mod Podge onto fabric with a brush

While you are waiting, prepare your fabric with decoupage medium. Lay your fabric out on a non-stick surface (wax paper works great) and spread a medium layer of  Fabric Mod Podge over the top with a brush.

Allow to dry and then you’ll be ready to run it through your die cutter. The Fabric Mod Podge actually helps prevent fraying of the fabric when you cut it. Isn’t that special? Set it aside for a bit.

PS – Did you notice my nail polish went away? My fingers got banged up in the making of this board. That’s pretty typical.  Manicures + crafting = disaster.

Painting the inside of the cabinet door with white chalkboard paint

Paint the inside of your framed piece with White chalkboard paint. It takes about three coats to get full coverage. It’s very thick; that is normal. Allow to dry.

Adding dots around the edge of a framed chalkboard with the end of a paintbrush and blue paint

Use the end of a paintbrush and Jamaican Sea to polka dot the frame. Allow to dry.

Sealing the painted frame around a chalkboard with Mod Podge Gloss

Once the frame is fully dry, coat with Mod Podge Gloss. DO NOT get Mod Podge on the chalkboard paint or it will ruin the properties and you won’t be able to write on it. Allow the decoupage to dry.

Rolling felt flowers cut with a Sizzix die

Cut your flowers out with your Sizzix and dies. The Flowers 3-D by Beth Reames is very, very fun.

It enables you to cut a flower pattern that you roll around on stick to make a 3-D bloom. I know that makes no sense, but you can see the results on the finished project. Cool, huh?

Gluing paper flowers onto a framed chalkboard

I cut out several flowers with my Sizzix and then layered them with my Prima flowers. I used both fabric and felt to cut the flowers, and then glued everything together (and added buttons for good measure). Be sure to use various sizes and materials. It makes the finished project more interesting.

Paper and felt flowers on the frame of a white chalkboard

Here’s a detail shot of the finished DIY framed chalkboard! I’m so pleased with the bright green and teal shades, and I know my friend LollyChops will be too (she loves those colors).

She’s also the one who introduced me to the Flowers 3-D die, so this project is in honor of her. Thanks Lolls! xo

DIY Framed Chalkboard from a Thrift Store Find

What I love about white chalkboard paint: you can write on it in any color and it looks cool! The bright colored chalks really pop.


Would you make a DIY chalkboard from a frame? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other cute chalkboard projects:

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