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September 10, 2010

New Project - Chalkboard for the playroom

I am so excited to share with you my very inexpensive project that I've been working on today.  We are working on making the playroom for the kids and one of the things I've been wanting to add is a chalkboard.  I mentioned this to a friend the other day and she said, "Wait here, I'll be right back."  She came back and had a can of black chalkboard spray paint in her can, brand new, never used.  She said, take it, I'll never use it.
When I first thought of what I would use for the board, I was envisioning some sort of plywood or hardboard with trim around it.  While at a garage sale yesterday I came across this picture for $4 and decided it would make a great chalkboard!  Mr. A wanted me to make sure the picture wasn't a priceless painting but by looking at it, I'm sure it's not. 

So I hauled this beauty off to the garage, sprayed some primer on it and also managed to get the first coat of chalkboard paint on while baby J was napping.  I am thinking of painting the frame a reddish color that is leftover in the basement from our front porch but we'll see what I do.  I can't wait to put this on the wall!

Sue, just for you I had Mr.A take a picture of the back of the chalkboard and here it is:

The chalkboard is done and my children have used it a lot in the past few days!  I tried to clean off all the chalk writing but we don't have an eraser so papertowel was my substitute.   This was a cheap and super easy project!  My kids love it and I loved making it for them.  I couldn't get the can of red paint open so for now it's green but that could change!
Garage Sale Picture:  $4
Spray Paint Primer:  $3
Total cost of project:  $7.00     The chalkboard spray paint was free but even if I had to purchase a can, I think it was also $3 at Wal-mart.  I also could've knocked a $1 off the picture but I was so excited I just bought it for the asking price.


  1. Very cute, question, is there a backing behind the canvas pic, i have always wondered when people make these?!?! Thanks Sue

  2. Sue, I added a picture of the back of the chalkboard. :) Thanks for your comments.

  3. Great job! Your chalkboard looks marvelous--and it'll be so useful! Congratulations on finding that big frame for such a good price. :)

  4. Hello Ange! I love chalkboards, and this was a great solution to recycle that print. Your kids will love it!!

  5. Wow! You sprayed the paint right over the print? Ingenious! I have never used CB paint, but this is a project I will definitely try. Thanks for the inspiration!


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