There are so many ways to dress up an old frame and turn it from junk into something functional. What’s more functional than a magnetic memo board. Hmmm…. or than a chalkboard. But use them together, and oh, the organization options are endless.
Magnetic Chalkboard Tutorial
To make for the insides of the pink magnetic chalkboard follow these diy magnetic chalk board instructions
…first things first you need to collect your supplies.
Sheet Metal Sheets(Found in plumbing section of Home Depot of Lowes)
Spray Chalkboard Paint
I found this baby at a garage sale last weekend as part of a 4 piece set for $4. So we’ll say $1 a piece. It’s not vintage or antique, it’s home interiors brand resin frame that was missing its mirror. But that was fine by for me for my $1 frame. The frame was already a neutral distressed cream color. All it needed were some new insides.
Remove everything (mirror, picture, backing, cardboard) from the frame by unscrewing the screws on the back side.
Take the backer piece or mirror that is cut to fit the frame and lay it on top of your sheet metal. Trace the outside of the template with a black sharpie and set the template aside. Use your tin snips to cut out in the sheet metal in a shape to fit your frame.
Now take your sheet metal shape and lay it on a protection for spray painting. First use a primer in gray to cover the surface in thin cots, allowing the primer to dry for about 15 minutes between each coat.
Once the primer is dry you can start to apply your spray chalkboard paint. Make sure you shake the can and try to avoid getting any drips from the spray nozzle on your sheet metal, it could leave imperfections in your finish. Apply several coats of chalkboard paint allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes.
Allow your board to completely dry then reattach to the frame. It’s a great idea to “prime” the chalkboard surface by rubbing chalk all over the entire surface and then cleaning off using a chalkboard eraser or damp paper towel. Make a magnet or borrow some from your fridge and let your message/information center start working for the family.
I like to repeat this same process with vintage Syroco frames too, refinishing each one in a fun and unexpected color. Here’s some others I’ve finished: