Upcycled frame into chalkboard.

There are ways you can add chalkboards into your home but i’m not a fan of the stickers for the walls or even painting a section of wall because I wouldn’t want Pops thinking that drawing on the wall is okay.

I’ve always love the idea of upcycling and now with a little one I find myself looking at things and wondering how I can use that to make something child friendly. I found a really nice large white framed picture in the charity shop and instantly thought of a big chalkboard.

A Upcycled frame into chalkboard, sounds easy enough right?

Upcycled frame into chalkboard

It really is easy to make a chalkboard at home.

What you need;
Framed photo / Wood / Anything you can paint on really.
Chalkboard paint

If you don’t want to spend out on a specific paint you may never use again then I saw a really easy recipe to make it at home.

What you’ll need;
8 parts paint; (This is where making it at home comes in nicely because you can use your preferred colour)
1 part unsanded grout. 
(I’m not sure how effective and good that version is though… I just bought mine)

Upcycled frame into chalkboard

It’s going to take me a while because I didn’t prime it first so I recommend priming it, mainly because it means you’ll use less of your chalkboard paint and because you won’t need as many layers to make it opaque. 

I think the final outcome is amazing. It’s exactly how I imagined it to be when I first saw the picture and it has given something that would have usually been discarded a new life.


Have you ever upcycled anything? If you try out this then let me know how it goes!

Upcycled frame into chalkboard

Until the next post,
Are and Pops.


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    • April 1, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      It was such a bargain too! Only £3. My other half wasn’t impressed when he had to go collect it 😂

  1. April 19, 2016 / 12:16 am

    Upcycling is such a cool thing to do. When I bought my first home I couldn’t afford new furniture in the days before Ikea and did a lot of upcycling old furniture.

  2. April 19, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Chalkboard paint is awesome, and I love your idea about painting an old picture. My kids would love this!

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  4. sarah
    April 19, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I love upcycling too! I made a chalkboard last year, my daughter thinks it’s great and it was such good fun to make 🙂

  5. My Life As A Mummy
    April 19, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    I recently used chalkboard paint to turn the kids bedroom door into a giant chalkboard! My eldest loves it!

    Laura x x x

  6. April 20, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I upcycle all the time because I cannot afford to buy new and the possibilities are endless when you upcycle.

  7. April 22, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I haven’t heard about ‘Betta Living’ yet but I love the idea of making your own chalkboard!

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