So I am on a DIY project binge lately. I have so many items laying around that I intended to work on but haven’t had the chance yet. They are clogging up my garage and storage areas, so it is time to use them or ditch them. Is it just me or do you have stuff like this too?

When I first saw this framed print on the marketplace, I loved the pretty detailed wood frame. After bringing it home, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it so I set it aside. Having kept it in storage the last few years, it is time to do something with it.

Upcylced Vintage Framed Print
Isn’t that wood frame gorgeous? I love all the pretty details.

After thinking about it, I decided it would look great above my newly painted piano. Inspired by some really cool chalk art designs online, I decided to turn this piece into a pretty framed chalkboard that we could create seasonal designs. Here’s what I did…

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vintage frames being upcycled to a chalkboard on a counter with supplies
I’m working on both this framed print and mirror today. The mirror was DIY fail that I want to fix while I’m working on the vintage frame.

Supplies Needed

How to Update a Framed Painting as a Chalkboard

  • Gather supplies.
  • Clean the surface with soap and water. Allow to dry.
  • Although chalk paint does not need to be pre-sanded, I like to do a very light sanding. I don’t spend too much time on it.
  • Lift the piece up on a few paint cans or something similar so it is raised off the table. It is much easier to work on this way. Plus, you can paint the bottom without having to flip the whole painting over.
  • If you want to protect the painting, either pop it out of the frame or cover it up to avoid hitting it with the chalk paint you are using on the frame.
  • Paint the frame with chalk paint. I painted both the frame and the painting because I did not tape anything up. Because I didn’t want to see a line around the edge on the painting from painting the frame, I applied one coat of chalk paint to both the frame and the painting.
  • Next, I applied a second coat to the frame only.
  • When the chalk paint was fully dry, I applied chalkboard paint over the painting and was very careful around the edges where the painting meets the frame.
  • After the first coat was dry, I applied a second coat of chalkboard paint, then allowed it to dry.
  • I applied glaze with a very light hand to the detail of the frame only. I used a damp paper towel, dipped it into the glaze, applied it to a section, then used another damp paper towel to wipe most of it off. If you want a heavier glazed look, don’t wipe as much off.
  • Allow everything to fully dry for 24 hours before applying the finishing wax to the frame. While some prefer to skip this step, the wax protects the color and piece from damage.
  • Use an old sock or rag to apply the wax. Work it onto the piece, then wipe off the excess. Allow to cure for two weeks. (Although I will admit that I am hanging it up well before those two weeks).
vintage frame being painted
After cleaning the frame, I lightly sanded and applied a coat of chalk paint.
Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard
It looks better already with one coat of chalk paint!
Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard
After painting the frame and allowing it to dry, I applied two coats of chalkboard paint.
Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard
After everything was dry, I applied glaze to both projects.
finished product of a vintage print turned into a chalkboard with a painted frame
Doesn’t it look great?

close up of a vintage print turned into a chalkboard with a painted frame

Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard
Time to draw some spring chalk art!

Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard

Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard

Upcycled Vintage Framed Chalkboard
I love it above the piano but am not sure if this is the final resting place. Stay tuned!

What Do You Think?

And that’s it! We love decorating the chalkboard with inspiration found on Pinterest. It’s amazing how simple or detailed the designs can be and they are not difficult to create. I’m not sure if we’ll keep it above the piano, but love it there for now.

For more DIY inspiration, check out Painting the Piano and  How to Paint Chair Upholstery Fabric.

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  1. I make one years ago, used it all the time! Put it away when I painted my room and never got it out again. Looked in my closet to see if it was there. YES! Still had the peeps rabbits on it, that I did for Easter that year. Four years ago!!! I guess I can use it this year. Lol

    1. You can totally use it this year!!! That’s so funny. I found so many great chalk art design ideas on Pinterest.

  2. What a great idea! Our local thrift store always has a lot of huge paintings. I need to grab one when they open back up. I love your drawing, too!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad I painted that – it was doing nothing in storage and I love that it has a whole new purpose. Thank you so much for stopping by – it was so nice to meet you! Enjoy your weekend!! xoxo

  3. I love it!I can’t wait to make one. Also, thanks for the pinterest info.
    Have a blessed day and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

  4. I just got a picture with frame free from a garage sale. I wasn’t sure what I was going to with it, but seeing what you did with yours I now know! Thank you for sharing and I love your site and seeing your beautiful house and yard.

    1. I’m so glad you decided to try that!!! I love how mine turned out and its so fun to do the chalk art! xo

  5. Stacy, the chalkboard art is so pretty. What a transformation! Well done!