Simple DIY Chalkboard Frame in Four Quick Steps

This entire project cost less than $15.

diy chalkboard frame

Recently, I turned a thrifted wood frame from Savers into a chalkboard. Luckily, I had some leftover chalkboard paint from a previous project, and the entire process was much easier than I thought. The hardest part was stylizing the finished chalkboard frame since I am not an artist by trade. Now that the project is complete, I’m excited to switch the messaging up and practice my hand lettering.

How To Make a Small Chalkboard

The first thing you need to do is find a frame with a glass insert that you can convert into a chalkboard. If you can’t find a frame in your home, check local thrift shops, garage sales, the Dollar Tree, and Facebook Marketplace. If you’re running out of options near you, check out these online antique marketplaces. Realistically, the frame shouldn’t cost you more than $5 unless you want something really extravagant. To get started, gather your supplies and then follow the steps below.

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– Lint-free cloth
– Paintbrush
– Frame with glass insert


– Chalk paint
– Primer
– Window cleaner

Step-By-Step Directions

1. Clean the glass.

Clean the glass insert of the frame thoroughly. If possible, use a window cleaner and a lint-free cloth to make sure the surface is dust and streak-free.

2. Prep and prime the surface.

First, mix a small bit of chalk paint in with your primer to tint the primer slightly. Then, apply an even coat of primer and let it dry completely.

3. Brush on the first coat of chalkboard paint.

Next, go over the primer with a thin coat of chalk paint. If you are noticing brush marks, you can thin out the chalk paint slightly by mixing in a splash of water. Allow the first coat to dry and then repeat.

4. Apply more coats of paint.

Once you complete two or three coats to dry complete, test the surface with the tip of your nail. If the primer adheres to the glass properly, you shouldn’t be able to easily scratch the surface. You’re now ready to plan what you want to write on your chalkboard frame!

Final Product

chalkboard picture frame diy

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