A few months ago, one of my friends stopped by my house and on the way out she said, “I hope you don’t think this is weird, but there is a huge frame in someone’s trash up the street. Thought you might want to know.”
That right there — that is true friendship, folks.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I strongly believe you should never pass up a free frame, so I quickly loaded up my littlies in the stroller and headed off to dig through my neighbor’s trash. What I found was this lovely lady and her beau:
When my husband came home to find her in the garage he said, “I really hope I’m not supposed to like that painting.”
Honestly, I thought the painting was kind of cool (though perhaps with a bit more cleavage than I like my living room), but I assured him I was really just after the frame. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing with it at first, but when I was putting together my Christmas decor I really wanted a big ol’ chalkboard and our dear lady’s fate was sealed.
To transform my trash to chalkboard treasure, I simply painted a couple coats of chalkboard paint directly onto the canvas. After the chalkboard paint is dry, you prime the surface by rubbing a piece of chalk all over it.
And… that’s it. So, so easy.
For Christmas, I left the original frame as is and added a few pine branches and ribbon to the top. I liked the brown to go with my rustic, woodsy vibe.
When I moved it to its new home post-Christmas, I wasn’t digging the brown frame anymore, gave the frame a coat of white spray paint. (P.S. If you are going to paint your frame, I would do it before painting the canvas with chalkboard paint. When I taped up the chalkboard surface to protect it from the spray paint some of the chalkboard paint came up with the tape and I had to do touch ups.)
And here’s my chalkboard all ready for Valentine’s Day. I took a leftover pom-pom garland from Christmas, added a few crocheted hearts, and draped it across the top.
Linking up at some of my favorite parties.