Hi Infarrantly Creative friends! I’m Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back to share a simple way to personalize your walls for little $$!
This past Saturday, David and I had plans to go to Cleveland, but the snow kept us close to home. Luckily, there is a Goodwill just down the street (enabler to my thrifting addiction) so we had a project day at home. I’m not complaining LOVE a full day to just work on projects.
I found these framed paintings for only $5 each. Readily available at thrift stores, they are perfect to transform and make your own! Since mine had a sturdy wood back, I decided to make a pair of chalk boards for my entry.
Continuing one pattern onto two frames is one of my favorite ways to make a larger statement piece. The greek key stencil in the corners connected by straight lines help unify it without it looking too busy. Want to make your own?
Framed painting (Goodwill is a great place to look)
Paint for frame and stencil
1. First, I sanded all the surfaces, removed the dust with a microfiber cloth, and then applied three light coats of chalkboard paint.
2. Once dry, I taped off the chalkboard and painted the frame a light mint green.
4. The stencil is just for the corners, so I connected the straight lines with painters tape.
5. Finally, I went back and touched up any imperfections with a small brush.
6. I seasoned the chalk board by rubbing chalk all over,
and wiping it off with a slightly damp paper towel.
7. I found this image on Pinterest, and started drawing a Christmas tree made out of the text from O Holy Night. I love how it turned out!
I used 3M Picture-Hanging Strips and hung them in my entry. That’s it!
Now I have a place to write lists, keep a calendar, or doodle right by the door when I’m coming or going.
I love how it brightens up my boring entry! The best part about this project is that the possibilities are endless. Try adding magnetic paint underneath, a gold border, or a nailhead along the edge. Happy creating!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Want to see more project ideas?
I’m a self proclaimed lover of a greek key pattern – here are a few more of my projects!
Do you love chalkboard projects? Here are some more ideas for you to check out.