You know how much I love making chalkboards, right? Well today I thought I'd share with you my latest gaudy to glam chalkboard project! When we were down in Savannah this past winter, I found a large vintage framed print while out thrifting. While it was looking a bit worse for wear, I immediately was drawn to the ornate details of the frame.
Here I am giving you a sneak peek of the end result, but it didn't start out looking this great.
Here is what this puppy started out life as!
While I actually liked the vintage Italian print, which was mounted on hard board, it was looking pretty tired. And it just wasn't the look I was going for!
The frame actually was even gaudier in person than in this photo. The inner boarder was a gold velvety type material. But I didn't let that deter me! Did you know you can actually paint over fabric?
Yes, you can!
So, after removing the print and giving the frame a good cleaning, I mixed up several shades of chalk paint by DecoArt, til I created a pretty shade of Robin's Egg Blue. One of my very favorite colors, I might add!
For that gold velvet border, I first painted it with Behr latex wall paint in cream. I didn't want any of that gold to show thru my chalk paint. Once dry, I went over the entire frame with several coats of the Robin's Egg Blue.
Did I tell you how much I love that shade??!
Then, I mixed both clear and brown creme waxes, also from DecoArt, and applied to the frame (but not the velvet border). After letting dry, then buffing out, I was amazed at how the wax not only gave the frame an Old World feel, but highlighted all of the wonderful details that had been lost!
I had hubby cut me a new piece of Masonite board, which I then covered with heavy duty chalkboard vinyl, and
A glamorous new chalkboard was born!
I must say that I am very happy with how it turned out, and now I'm glad I gave that tired looking frame a second chance at life!
I've added it to my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
I wanted to thank all of you who visited my feature last Saturday, over at Junk Chic Cottage, and left such sweet comments! I was beyond thrilled to be included in the Blogger Spotlight, and your kind words made it even more special!
Have a great day!