Four Farmhouse Chalkboards Made From Vintage Junk

This week I’ve been busy getting ready for the Shaker Craft Fair, which I sell at every year. It’s a six-week long fair that is quite profitable for me.

I sell both vintage DIY projects and antiques. Three of today’s projects–four farmhouse chalkboards–will be among the goods that I’ll have for sale starting next Thursday. Oh my goodness, that’s right around the corner; I better get busy!!

four farmhouse chalkboardsI repurposed three old frames and one vintage tray to make this collection of chalkboards, which should fit in nicely with the other items I have planned for my craft booth.

large antique frameI made the first chalkboard from this very large, antique frame that I picked up at a garage sale for $5.00. What made it perfect for this project was the piece of wood it contained that had been previously used to back the artwork or a mirror that the frame had contained.

chalkboard paintGiving it two coats of chalkboard paint was a piece of cake, and once dry, I just popped it back in the frame. You can read the steps I take to give framed pieces a professional look here.

large antique frame on gallery wallI used it as part of my fall gallery wall display and will not be taking it to the fair with me this year.

french certificate in antique oak frameThis second frame contained a French document honoring an American WWI vet. A reader purchased the piece but the frame was in such disrepair and so heavy that she settled on the document alone.

I spent some time treating the wood with my all-natural wood salve and tightening it up, and then decided it would also make a good chalkboard.

antique oak frame upcycled to chalkboardI cut a piece of heavy card stock to fit the frame and gave it two coats of the chalkboard paint before inserting it and finishing it off. What a difference the special attention made, right?

close up of oak frameThe oak grain is just lovely.

vintage pewter trayFor the third chalkboard, I used a two dollar vintage tray made of unusual materials–pewter for the frame and laminate for the bottom. I find it rather horrifyingly ugly, to tell you the truth.

taping off the vintage pewter trayAnd I wasn’t completely sure how the laminate would do with the chalkboard paint, but things went swimmingly. I taped off the pewter, gave it two coats, and boom, it was done.

close up of vintage pewter tray with chalkboard paintI was able to get a nice crisp line with the blue frog tape.

vintage pewter tray chalkboardI really think the pewter gives the project a nice, warm farmhouse look.

vintage square frameI made the fourth and final board from this one dollar vintage frame that contained a piece of old-timey fabric, which I easily removed. Behind it I found a nice sturdy piece of card stock, which also received the mandatory two coats.

chalkboardIt’s the smallest of the four, but there’s still plenty of room to write a message.

fall gallery wall with large chalkboardNow, don’t forget to “prime” your chalkboard before using, by rubbing the entire surface with the side of a piece of chalk, then erasing. If you fail to do this, then whatever words you choose to write first will be forever visible, albeit fairly lightly.

Today’s lesson is, I think, to look at the various and sundry vintage and antique junk we come across with new eyes, imagining how they might be repurposed in new and exciting ways 🙂

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  1. I have to go get some chalkboard paint as I have quite a collection of frames just collecting dust! Does it matter the brand paint? I know Valspar to be top of the line and pricey. Of course if there is that much of a difference in quality I always go for the better brand. Why bother otherwise? 🙂

    1. I didn’t realize that about Valspar! I must’ve gotten it on sale or something, lol. I don’t think the brand matters. You can even buy smaller pots/bottles of it at craft stores (and use your coupon!). I also like the spray on chalkboard paint alot, but thought the can was a wiser financial choice. I think you can also add plaster of paris to paint and make homemade chalkpaint, if I remember correctly. Let me know how it goes!

  2. I love every single one, Diana! I can certainly see why you kept the charmer on you gallery wall 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  3. I really like how you kept the frames in their natural states, Diana. This post is a reminder to me to slow down and realize that not everything needs a coat of paint. Good luck on your sale!!

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