Last summer I shared a DIY chalkboard that I created from a thrift store frame and piece of hardboard. I liked that project, but the chalkboard was a bit small for the wall I wanted it for so I’ve been on the lookout for a larger frame. I found the perfect frame at a thrift store: It was the size I was looking for, inexpensive, and didn’t even need painting!
This was a quick project. After a quick dusting the frame was pretty much ready to go. I simply bought a piece of hardboard cut to size at a local home improvement store and painted the board with two coats of chalkboard paint following the directions on the can. After letting the board dry over night, I popped the board into the frame. I hit a slight snag, when I went to hang the chalkboard and realized the frame didn’t have any hardware for hanging. After rummaging around in our “junk” drawer for a bit, I found some picture hanging hardware. I attached the hardware to the frame and hung the chalkboard in our kitchen. I primed the board by rubbing a piece of chalk across the surface and wiped it clean with a damp cloth. I did this while the chalkboard was hanging, although in retrospect, this would have been easier to do before I hung the chalkboard.
Here is a picture of the old chalkboard hanging in the kitchen:
See how it is a little small for the wall? The new chalkboard fits the space much better. The old chalkboard has been moved to my home office.
Have you done a second take of any craft projects after the first did not turn out quite how you wanted? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!