Thursday, July 14, 2011

Temporary Satiation of my Preposterous Frame Obsession

For some time now, I've been wanting a blackboard for the forlorn entryway, but I try not to purchase things that aren't EPIC and don't exactly fit the mental image I envision. Not that I'm horribly picky, but in all honesty it's a survival mechanism that I was forced to adopt in order to prevent my house from exploding with all the junk that I buy (and have nowhere to store). While strolling home from the grocery store the other day, I sauntered through the swingy glass doors of the local thrift store and found this disgustingly hideous piece (but in perfect dimensions/thickness of border) buried in a dusty corner under a pile of shattered mirror shards. My lucky discovery brings us to today's project: operation blackboard.

Step 1: Find a painting that you would rather throw darts at than display on your living room wall and tape around the actual artwork portion with masking tape to protect the frame from paint. I prefer to tear the tape into small pieces instead of using one long strip (it's easier to apply and remove with accuracy).
Step 2: Purchase a can of blackboard paint at any nearby hardware store (or order online). I believe there is a spray on option, but I liked the idea of subtle painted texture so I kept it old school. When applying paint to the surface, make brush strokes in a consistent direction. Wait for the paint to dry COMPLETELY, then repeat process two to three times for optimum results. 
Step 3: Wait for the chalkboard paint to finish drying. Cover the painted portion with scrap paper (use tape to secure). Paint the frame your desired color (I used a flat white).
Step 4: Remove all paper/tape gunk. Hang on the wall and VOILA!

34 comments:

  1. this is so interesting i never thought to do it! great job!

    www.dragonnfruit.com

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  2. Genius!! What a great idea! I've always wanted a black or a white board in my office or in my kitchen. I think they look very sweet in the home, and they are also fun and practical.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Shall we follow each other?

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  3. Kool! What a great idea, so glad I've stumbled upon this post, I am in dire need of a blackboard at my shop (blame it on short-term memory loss haha) ;)

    Thansk for dropping by my blog, hope to see you again. btw, I followed you. Looking forward to more ingenious ideas from you, ciao! (^.^)v

    chichismusings.blogspot.com

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  4. ohhh that's a great idea! good thinking :) thanks for stopping by my blog, gonna follow you now! I got a giveaway goin on come check it out if you want :)

    xx
    Jackie

    Giveaway

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  5. That's such a creative idea! I absolutely love anything related to arts & crafts, and this I will definitely try. Thanks for the DIY :)

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

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  6. You've just solved my own fruitless hunt for a blackboard...this is a fab idea :)

    www.theheadlessmannequin.blogspot.com

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  7. WOW,that's so cool!!!Great idea!
    http://chiccastyle.blogspot.com/

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  8. Wow. You are so creative. I would never have thought of that idea. Salute Salute.

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  9. This is soooooo creative!!! I think I have a lot of pictures I'd love to change into a blackboard!
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow great idea! I didn't know paint stuff was used to make black boards! That's sweet! I like your blog alot :) I will follow you! :D Can you follow me? (sorry if you already are I'm still getting used to this blogging thing :P )

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  11. Thanks for visiting snob!
    and leaving a beautiful comment.

    love the girls from snobfashionsource.blogspot.com

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  12. Hilarious! Good thinking instead of throwing the hideous floral 'art' in the bin!
    Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

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  13. This is such a really god idea! I love this so much! Hope you have a lovely wknd xx

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  14. Great idea, and it looks very pretty, too!

    http://mystyleadvisor.blogspot.com/

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  15. This is amazing! I love your header.
    Thanks for your comment! I follow your blog now :) xo

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  16. your really cute! diggin your blog

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  17. Wow!!! Can't wait to do this - you make it look so easy! Totally following you!

    http://inherentstylela.blogspot.com/

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  18. So cool! I never would have thought to do something like this.

    xox Courtney Michele
    Breakfast in Wonderland

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  19. This is such a great idea! I always see bad paintings with really great frames, but have no idea what to do with it!

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  20. omg i can't believe you made that! that's genius. i wonder if i can get that blackboard paint here....hmm. btw i'm having my first ever giveaway at my blog and i'd love for you to join! please do drop by, it's 3 simple steps and you can win an amazing dress!

    xx from hong kong :)
    www.ldmldmldm.com

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  21. What a great idea dear! C:
    Your blog is pretty cool! I think I should visit it more often. Have a nice day and best wishes 2 U!
    XoXo,
    CK

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  22. Thanks for the comment on my drawing :)
    This is such a lovely idea, looks great! x

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  23. I LOVE this! Your blackboard came out great, I am definitely going to try this myself!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

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  24. great great idea! As an artist, however, I feel bad for whomever the original artist was haha

    PvdH -designer and illustrator

    www.ThePvdHJournal.com

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  25. wow, great idea!! really love the result, i think i'm gonna try this sometimes! thanks for sharing this with us!:)
    xoxo

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  26. I had no idea there was paint for chalkboards. That's fantastic. I'll have to keep my eye out.

    seven-percentsolution.blogspot.com

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  27. This is so creative! Love it, and it look beautiful too ^-^ wish I had an old painting somewhere :)

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  28. Brilliant 2nd life!
    Hope you like some of my art, im a new follower!...
    http://donnasadlerart.blogspot.com/

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