The Picture That Wanted To See Joy

I know, I know, reading the title you are going to say that I have some kind of fixing with pictures. Any picture that falls into my hands is going to suffer any kind of transformation, and you’re right. In my defense, I have to say that only ugly or old fashioned pictures are prone to this.

In this case, a friend of mine who is a wedding planner asked me something; he wanted a blackboard to write love quotes, the name of the couple, the menu… whatever he wanted. I thought that instead of a plain chalkboard a framed one would be awesome for a wedding but I didn’t had any as big as he wanted. Well, then any picture with a beautiful frame would do the trick so I started my tour to the thrift stores I know… and I found it!

How to transform an ugly picture into a pretty chalkboard with only paint   |   Via

The frame was great and the size was what he asked for. The painting wasn’t original, it just was a piece of paper behind the glass.

The process? Absolutely simple. I took some of my beloved DIY chalk paint (no, it doesn’t sleep with my husband and me, I have life besides upcycling things) and painted the whole thing white. While it dried, I have a problem with waiting you may have read about it here, I prepared some black chalk paint.

I gave the frame (only the frame) another layer of white paint and let it dry again for some hours. Then I taped the frame next to the glass and painted the glass black, two coats waiting for the previous one to dry before applying the other.

I removed the tape, varnished the frame only and it was done, ready to see the joy of weddings week after week!

How to transform an ugly picture into a pretty chalkboard with only paint   |   Picture makeover with DIY chalk paint   |   Via

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  1. Moira Armitage says:

    Pili, love the frame and your idea for the wedding planner. It is going to look fabulous! I recently also acquired 2 large framed prints which I am going to update. Couldn’t let them go to the landfill could I? If I get round to doing something soon I will post the results before and after. TFS 🙂

    • Pili says:

      You’re right Moira, you couldn’t have let them go to the landfill. I’m convinced you’ll do a great job!

    • Pili says:

      Hahaha Mary, I can tell you I don’t! I didn’t dare to say horrid, but it describes the picture much better.

  2. Keri says:

    Pili, great idea to make the picture a chalkboard for your wedding planner friend!! It looks elegant with such a beautiful frame!!

    • Pili says:

      One can’t go wrong with white for weddings! I really appreciate you visiting, happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Laurie says:

    I’m the same way with old pictures. They are easy to find and fun to transform 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. Pili says:

    Isn’t it great that we can recycle so much? And at the same time make things pretty for our homes.
    Thanks for visiting, Laurie!

  5. Linda at Mixed Kreations says:

    Your chalkboard turned out so pretty! Love that frame! I am always on the lookout for frames when I go to Goodwill or yard sales, I love repurposing things as well. I have made a few chalkboards from frames but never thought of painting the glass. I usually add a piece of wood in the frame and paint it, next time I’ll try painting the glass. Thanks for sharing your pretty chalkboard frame.

  6. Robyn says:

    That looks incredible and it’s so lovely that you’ve breathed new life into an unloved picture and now it’s going to be a part of someone’s special day. It’s a rags to riches story 🙂

  7. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    I love this idea. I would never have thought of it, but I read this the other day and then went to a Thrift store. They didn’t have any large frames, but I’m going to keep looking. I love this idea and they would make great gifts. Can you ever have too many chalkboards? I think not!!!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Nikki!! No, you can ever have too many chalkboards. We have three, one of them is about 120 x 150 cm! I’ll write a post about it and what it is hiding behind 😉

  8. Life Loving says:

    It’s funny you should post this, this week. I’ve been wanting a whiteboard for my desk, for reminders and to do lists, but after reading this, I think I might go down the chalkboard route. Maybe I’ll have to make a visit to a charity shop and see if I can find a frame as nice as this. Then I’ll invest in some of your beloved chalkboard paint Pili. It looks great.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Sally!! I haven’t seen your comment, sorry. Chalkboards are nicer and funnier than whiteboards 😉

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