DIY Framed Chalkboard

How to make a framed chalkboard with on a low budget. This DIY uses Country Chic Paint and natural beeswax. Easy chalk paint craft that pulls together any room | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

I have been working on this post for a long time now. Originally, I had built this DIY Framed Chalkboard back in August and I left it primed and unfinished (I was stuck on the finishing touches). It has sat naked on my wall for the past seven months, but last week I FINALLY got it done. I’m so happy (and excited) to share this tutorial with you.

If you didn’t already know, I am on the Blogger Squad for Country Chic Paint and will be sharing some fabulous DIY projects featuring Country Chic chalk based paint. For this project I used Country Chic Paint’s paint in Simplicity. It’s a stunning white that’s soft and not at all stark. This was my first time using chalk based paint, and I’m hooked.

DIY Framed Chalkboard

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How To: I apologize for the lack of photos for this part. I accidentally deleted them. This project is really easy, there isn’t much instruction needed. I had the hardboard that was recommended to me by the ladies at Rona pre-cut (I opted for 3×4). Hardboard was a good choice because it’s smooth and free from natural wood defects. I didn’t want any wood grain to show through the chalkboard paint. Painting was easy. I bought a can of chalkboard spray paint and sprayed it (following the drying time instructions on the can) in the garage. My husband cut the detailed mouldings to fit. He wanted plain, flat mouldings so he could do straight cuts but I wanted as much detail as possible. I wanted there to be some depth in the piece, so that meant mitered corners (sorry hunnie).

How to make a framed chalkboard with on a low budget. This DIY uses Country Chic Paint and natural beeswax. Easy chalk paint craft that pulls together any room | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Β To adhere the moudling to the board, we simply used No More Nails and clamped it down for a few hours. We then filled in the corners with wood filler, let it dry, and sanded the until smooth. I didn’t know what I wanted for paint at this stage so I simply primed the chalkboard and hung it as is. To prime the chalkboard you just rub with chalk and wipe off. You must do this before you write with chalk, otherwise your chalk will leave a shadow when you write.

How to make a framed chalkboard with on a low budget. This DIY uses Country Chic Paint chalk based paint in Simplicity and natural beeswax. Easy chalk paint craft that pulls together any room | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Fast forward seven months and here we are today. I finally made the decision to use Country Chic Paint’s chalk based paint in the color Simplicity. I used a 2″ synthetic, angled brush and only had to use two coats.

How to make a framed chalkboard with on a low budget. This DIY uses Country Chic Paint and natural beeswax. Easy chalk paint craft that pulls together any room | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Chalk paint is fool proof, it covers up flaws so easily. I always thought my frame looked alright with just the primer, but after I painting Simplicity on I noticed that the primer was actually quite yellow. Simplicity looks stunning against my Kendall Charcoal Walls. It didn’t look painted, it looked like that was how the piece was supposed to look.

How to use natural wax to finish a DIY chalk paint project | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

To finish the piece I used CCP’s natural wax, I thought about distressing or using a gold wax but I wanted to keep this frame bold against my dark grey walls. I used a clean rag and buffed it in. The end result is beautiful. I found that after I used the wax I noticed the detail in the mouldings had dimension.

Chalk based paint

I tried my best to get a close up on the satin-like finish that I achieved.

The next steps were not so easy, as I’m not the most artistic person out there. I used a stool to make the first circle perfectly round and did the rest the best I could.

Kitchen chalkboard artIt’s not perfect, but most chalkboard artwork isn’t. That’s the beauty of it.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. A little bit of “Simplicity” is just what the space needed.

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**Update – I have transferred this post to The Bewitchin’ Kitchen from The Everyday Domestic but sadly lost the majority of my photos. I will work on updating them.

 

 

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20 comments on “DIY Framed Chalkboard”

  1. Love this idea as it’s easy to do! How could see my kids wanted to write on it and change the message on a daily basis. thanks for sharing.

  2. Looks fabulous! Love the colour against your darker walls. I keep hearing about chalk paint – I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. What do you mean, “not artistic”?!?! I love your chalkboard art! I think you did a spectacular job! I love chalkboard paint, and this project is a fabulous one!

  4. What a great project!! I love how classy it looks!!! You did a great job!

  5. Such a beautiful and fun idea. I would love one of these in my kitchen!

  6. It looks great! I really love this idea. πŸ™‚

  7. I absolutely love it! I think you did an amazing job. I love chalk art work. I also love at Michaels they now sell chalk pens making writing much easier. The frame is so wonderful and you did a great job priming and painting it. WTG πŸ™‚ I pinned.

  8. I love the chalkboard and the writing is beautiful, too. Thanks for inspiring. Linda

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  10. I LOVE the finished product! The simplicity and the “imperfection” of the chalk art is what makes it so perfect. I also love the finish of the frame itself. Flawless.

  11. I love this idea! It would come in very handy!! Very eco friendly too!!

  12. you did a great job, it looks awesome! I need to find more time to get crafty this fall!

    • Thanks Jennifer, it’s an old project (from the spring) but I just transferred over my old blog πŸ˜‰ I need to figure out a few more projects to do as well.

  13. What a cute idea! Would be perfect for writing out the meal plan for the week too.

    • I did that at first, but my “art work” did not look good haha. I found inspiration from Pinterest and tried to re create it with this one πŸ™‚

  14. I love these DIY posts of yours. They are truly lovely! This looks easy and it turned out beautifully. Maybe I can find a spot for this in the house.

    • Thank you Paula πŸ™‚ This project was a lot larger then what I thought it would be but I love how it takes up a lot of wall space. There is still something missing though.

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