Upcycling Frames into Chalkboards & Bulletin Boards
My favorite way to upcycle used frames is to turn them into a bulletin board or chalkboard! It’s a fast and easy project and you can find some interesting frames for under $5 at yard sales and flea markets.
I thought I would show you a few that I have done and sold in the shop. I think the most expensive frame in this group cost $2–not a very big investment. A little sanding, some paint and done!
Mirror Becomes A Chalkboard
This flea market find was $2. The mirror was in awful shape and the whole thing weighed a ton. The finish was pretty dull and dirty, but the frame itself was in great condition and had a really pretty shape. I thought a chalkboard was the way to go.
Love the details of this frame, the curvy shape and the detail on the top. Like I said, it was very heavy! I originally thought I would just prime and chalkboard paint the mirror itself, but I needed to lighten things up–literally. When I turned it over to remove the mirror, I realized that the backing was actually a piece wood–that definitely had to go.
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I carefully removed the nails and the back and removed the mirror. I cleaned the frame and set it aside. Using the original mirror as a pattern, I traced and cut a piece of thin Homasote to replace the mirror. Three coats of chalkboard paint were applied, and the chalkboard was ready.
Some brown paper glued over the back to make it all nice and neat and a new picture wire on the back and its ready to hang!
Not bad for a $2 investment and some leftover paint and wood!
FRAMES INTO BULLETIN BOARDS
The two very different frames below were up-cycled into bulletin boards. The plaster frame was cleaned and two coats of Chalk paint followed by two coats of wax were applied. Rolled cork was cut and spray adhesive was applied and it was affixed to the homasote board that we cut to size for backing. Brown paper was glued to the back for a nice clean finish.
The carved wood frame below was lightly sanded, painted and waxed with tinted wax which was applied lightly and wiped off.
Homasote board (found in home centers) was cut to size and rolled cork was spray glued to it. Once dry, the cork boards were set into the frames. Again, the backs were covered with brown paper and new hangers were put on the back.
Of course, there’s always the option of framing a picture, but I think these are great inexpensive alternatives!
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March 2016–this was one of my first posts (nearly 3 yrs ago) and I can see how far my images have come. I did a slight rewrite, but unfortunately the images are long gone with a computer that died, so I had to use the originals! It actually hurts my eyes to look at them!
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