Spray Painting an Old Frame- A Chalkboard Tranformation

July 19, 2012

You may remember this frame that I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago. I got busy and transformed it from something dull, ugly and run down, to a beautiful, hip, bright and funky chalkboard for our entrance.

Check it out!



Firstly, I unscrewed the back of the frame. I had to dig through Tom's toolbox to find the right screwdriver!

I examined the backing and decided that I didn't have to cut a whole new piece of wood to use as the chalkboard part. It was in fine condition, I knew it would fit properly and there were holes to reattach it the frame already there. 

I was ready to paint! I laid the frame out on a piece of cardboard on my garage floor. I didn't want to paint in direct sunlight as the paint shouldn't get too hot. But I also needed somewhere that was warm and ventilated so the paint would dry in good time. 

This is the type of paint I used. It was called "Robin's Egg Blue" and I got it at Michael's Craft Supply Store. 

I sprayed the frame by evenly swooping the paint can back and forth in swift, quick motions until the whole thing was covered. 


In order to get into all the nooks and crannies there were on this frame, I had to angle the can in many different directions. I let it dry once and then inspected it carefully to make sure it was completely covered. I had some touch ups to do the second time around. 

While I was waiting for the frame to dry the first time, I painted the backing of the frame with this chalkboard paint. You can pick this up at any hardware or paint store.  

It is quite thick. I had to "spoon" it out with my paintbrush. 


I did two coats of the blackboard paint just to make sure it was fully covered. Sometimes when wood is old and dry, it soaks up a lot of paint. It is always a good idea to do two coats of paint on anything. 

The frame dried with a matte finish and I wanted it to be glossy. I left the frame to dry overnight and then sprayed it with this clear gloss coat. This took very little time and I didn't have to use much of it. 

When it was all dry, it was beautiful and glossy and bright! The clear coat also acts as a protectant for the paint to keep it from chipping or fading at all. 

What a transformation!




Tweedle Tip: Spray painting is a great way to quickly and easily give life to something old and dull. You can spray paint almost anything!- plastic, wood, metal, ceramic, you name it! Your local hardware store will have basic colours of spray paint, but if you want something more exciting, check out craft supply stores! They have dozens and dozens of great colours!


26 comments:

  1. Very cool Miss Tweedle! I am definitely going to use this idea, just have to find the right frame :) Thanks!

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  2. I knew the frame would look good when you started, I just didn't know it would look THIS good!

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  3. The picture of frame/brick only is stunning.

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  4. it's beautiful! i'm ur newest follower - i found you via life as thrifter. can't wait to dig into ur blog!

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  5. I love this!! I have an old mirror that looks almost identical to your frame. Now I have a plan, thanks!!!!

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  6. This looks great! I popped over from Life as a Thrifter. I will be on the lookout for great frames now :)

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  7. Beautiful!!! Love the color. Visiting from Life as a Thrifter! I will share it on my FB page if you don't mind :)

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  8. Ah the frame that got away. Seems like I find the "better" more interesting frames at yard sales rather than thrift stores, at least in our neck of woods, (Grand Junction, CO). We live west of there almost to UT border so there's only one thrift store between us and G.J. and it gets hit hard every Wed. when they open for the week.
    Love the color and the shine on your frame. I have something similiar to that I got in KY. Hard to find much of anything here.

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  9. wowza! that is absolutely gorgeous!

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  10. That's super cool! I love the color.

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  11. I've been looking for a round frame like that!! Feel free to share your link on my thrifting thursdays link up! http://www.discoverystreet.net/2012/07/thrifting-thursdayssort-of.html

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  12. oh my, i wish i could find something like that!

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  13. Did you have to sand the frame before painting? It looks great!!

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  14. Thanks for sharing this interesting post. I loved the colors and loved to spray paint too!

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  15. I love this!! I have an old mirror that looks almost identical to your frame. Now I have a plan, thanks!!!!

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  16. That is a wonderful makeover! Amazing how the wood paneling changed the whole look and feel.

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  17. You did a fantastic job Miss Tweedle, love that blue color.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm doing some research on painting. I have an old coffee table and I want to paint it. Now I have some idea for that.

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  19. That's super cool! I love the color. i have a small question: Did you have to sand the frame before painting?

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  20. Spray painting is a great way to quickly and easily give life to something old and dull. You can spray paint almost anything! I totally agree, thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  21. You made a good job !
    Where did you buy this paint sprayer ?

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  22. it's beautiful! I love the color.

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  23. That's a very pretty-looking chalkboard! I love the color you used for the frame, too. Very trendy.

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  24. I have also many awesome collections of mirror frames like this and this chalk formation and paint spray looks and makes it mind blowing to decorate.
    Workbench

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  25. You did a fantastic job Miss Tweedle, love that blue color.
    Mia @ Hoops Report

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