Monday, April 26, 2010

Vintage chalkboard DIY

On this fine Anzac day public holiday, with the kidlets working furiously on assignments due at school tomorrow (of course, they wouldn't dream of doing them ahead of time) I decided a quick and easy DIY project was the perfect way to spend the morning. So with my new favourite toy, my airless spray gun at the ready, I whipped this old vintage frame into shape. I still had the old backing board, so it was one of the quickest makeovers I think I've ever done.

Now, to make it even more functional,  I added some little hooks to the bottom of the frame. I'm on the lookout for some antique keys to display, but for now it will do double duty as a key rack.

had to show you my handbag keyring - isn't it cute?

Now, here's a little tip. You really don't need to use chalkboard paint; artists' acrylic works just as well. The only thing to remember is that the paint needs to be very matte, if it has the slightest shine to it the chalk won't adhere properly. Here I used a mid grey which gives an aged appearance, although the colour looks quite a bit darker in my photos.

 Jo Sonja or Matisse paints are my choice for this job

Here are some befores...

..and after.
all images by me - sorry about the rubbish quality - I definitely need a new camera (or maybe just some talent in the photographic department)

Not bad for about an hour's work, huh? Quick, easy and gorgeous - my favourite kind of makeover.

While I was tinkering with this little project, I came accross a few treasures I'd forgotten all about, stashed away in the dark depths of my shed. I can't wait to get started, my only problem is I have too many ideas and not enough hours in the day!

p.s. this little makeover is a part of the Sunday Showcase Party here, so pop in and see some of the other fantastic projects on show.

Enjoy your weekend,


  1. Well done! Amazing what we can do with paint isn't it! Like we say in French : vite et bien fait.

    Have a good week!

  2. That looks fabulous Kerri! And much more productive than my weekend was bloss I can tell you! I would like me one of what might I have in the shed I wonder!!

  3. I need one of those spray guns..The whole house would end up white..Rxx

  4. Looks fabulous Kerri! Love the addition of the hooks at the bottom. P.S Your photos are fine, honestly!! :)

  5. That looks fantastic...I think I might try something like this. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing..Love your blog Kym X

  6. Really pretty Kerri, you're getting me going on that spray gun again. Funny thing I'm just preparing a post on the chalkboard in my kitchen too. Great minds?

  7. What a great makeover Kerri! I am curious about what you found in the shed! Sounds interesting. xx

  8. Wonderful Kerri! and thanks for sharing the tips!

    Have a nice week!

  9. It turned out wonderful! I didn't know you could use something other than chalkboard paint. Learn something new everyday. I still have a can of chalkboard paint in the cabinet, and just haven't found the proper usage for it. Still looking for a frame that just speaks volumes to me!

  10. I love it, Kerry. You have done such a great job. I want one in my kitchen, but I don't think that I have anymore wall space. You are very clever with your spray gun !!
    Have a great week. XXXX

  11. Oh my goodness Kerri, it is gorgeous! you did such a wonderful job, I love paint!

  12. Hi Kerri! Great little project. Very clever :) Hope you had a great weekend.

    Thanks for popping over to the new blog. Feel free to email me any photos etc if you want to be featured :)

  13. I love this. How can you go wrong with blackboards at the moment? Looks great!

  14. This is great Kerri, I love the finish on it. Your a crafty queen.

  15. Hi Kerri,
    Thank you so much for stopping by, leaving a comment and becoming a follower. I'll be following you as well!!! Love your Chalkboard and I'll look forward for you next project and also to read your previous posts!
    Hugs to you,
    Li :-)

  16. I absolutely love this makeover Kerri! It turned out beautifully! Love your little key hooks. Have fun searching for some vintage keys, one of my favourites:) Wishing you a wonderful week lovely lady ~ Tina xx

  17. Where to get a spray gun like you use!? It looks so great!!

    Art by Karena

  18. Looks gorgeous, love the functionality of the little hooks!

  19. Gee, and I would have wasted kid-free time with a nice cup of tea and some magazines - and look what you did with your time. Very nifty and very nice.

  20. It looks fantastic. I really like the colour of the chalkboard bit. I love the hooks and they are very practical.

  21. What a fun project! Just discovered your blog, glad to connect with another beach girl -

  22. Practical and beautiful - love it!

  23. If this was an audition for a TV show of your very own Kerri, you would have nailed it hadnds down - great job you creative thing you.
    Millie ^_^

  24. Great job Kerri- I love this!

  25. This looks stunning white! I love the details. Would love to have you stop by The Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! The added hooks are a wonderful idea. Great job - so pretty!

  26. Thanks so much for stoppinng by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! You've done a fabulous job on this chalkboard. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  27. That chalkboard is so pretty! The repurposed frame was perfect for it. Nice job!



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