DIY Framed Chalkboard

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to make an important announcement: I am now a grown up.  You only thought I was grown up before now – what with my house, my kids, and all my power tools…  But the truth is, this little lady turned 30 yesterday.  THIR-TY.  Oh boy.

So now, we continue your regularly scheduled DIY project with a new and improved, grown up author. 😉  And this grown up has a fabulous DIY framed chalkboard for you today.  It’s versatile, classy, and full of character.  With beautiful, natural, aged patina plus a little chalkboard surface to change with the seasons, this window screen turned chalkboard is a great addition to any room!

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

When we had the exterior of our house painted a couple of years ago, the painter found one of the old window screens that had not been removed like the rest.  Since our windows have been painted shut for years, window screens are rather unnecessary.  I thought it was the perfect size for a blank wall in my dining room.

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

So I found an old piece of backer board (I think it was formerly in a picture frame) and painted it with chalkboard paint.  I cut out any remaining screen, cleaned the frame thoroughly, screwed the new chalkboard into the back, and added a little dark walnut stain on some of the distressed places on the frame to give it more contrast.  Done and done.

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

It’s now hanging in my dining room, and I love how the rustic quality contrasts my French dining furniture…

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

But compliments the weathered wood box I made for my centerpiece.

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

I also love how it can be changed out for the seasons or hold our menu for a party…  I even layer signs and buntings over it at times (like for the 4th of July here).

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal

It’s the perfect, versatile piece of art!

Turn an old window screen into an adorable, versatile chalkboard with this simple tutorial at maisondepax.com! #diy #chalkboard #seasonal
What do you think?  Have you turned any “found” objects into chalkboards?

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Comments

  1. Happy Birthday but oh Honey, in 9 days I will be 64 and all I can think of is the Beatle’s song will you still need me when I’m 64. I guess I am a grown up too.

  2. Love it! I turned a cupboard door into a chalkboard this summer :) Yours is so cute! And happy birthday Rachel! Hope your year is blessed :)

  3. This looks amazing Rachel- we have about 78 old window frames taking up half of our shed right now…I should really do this with one (of course I have to get the glass out first and that is such a nightmare of a job!!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Ugh. That is a nightmare job. But I wish I was your next door neighbor because I’d take at least 20 of those off your hands! Ha!

  4. Hope your birthday was great! I haven’t delved into any chalkboard crafts yet. However, after seeing yours I’m very tempted.

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