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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.


diy greek key chalkboard


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?

Supplies needed:

Framed painting (Goodwill is a great place to look)
Chalkboard paint
Paint for frame and stencil
Painters tape

1. First, I sanded all the surfaces, removed the dust with a microfiber cloth, and then applied three light coats of chalkboard paint.

spray paint chalkboard

2. Once dry, I taped off the chalkboard and painted the frame a light mint green.

3. Then I designed (in Adobe Illustrator ) and cut a greek key stencil with my Silhouette Cameo . You can download my Silhouette file HERE.

greek key stencil

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.

painting greek key

6. I seasoned the chalk board by rubbing chalk all over,

seasoning a chalkboard

and wiping it off with a slightly damp paper towel.

chalkboard seasoning

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!

chalkboard art

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.

greek key stenciled chalkboard
greek key chalkboard art
greek key patterned chalkboard
greey key chalkboard

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!

greek key pillow

Greek Key trim pillows

greek key pin board
greek key shams

Greek key standard shams

Do you love chalkboard projects? Here are some more ideas for you to check out.

Left to right: Chalkboard Word Find, Chalkboard Calendar, Oversized Chalkboard, Chalkboard Gift Tags,  DIY Greek Key Chalkboard Art, Chalkboard Fabric Pillow

DIY Chalkboard Projects

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  1. Also curious if you painted over the canvas & looks like spray chalkboard paint? What I really loved was … decorating with a chalkboard, which you can change for each holiday or season.

  2. Love it, the frames look more substantial after you painted them. And I’m super impressed with your hand lettering.

  3. I used spray chalkboard paint, (the brush/roll on would work as well) to paint over the painted panels. It took 1 can for three coats on each (with a little left over 🙂

  4. Hi Linda! I sprayed directly over the painted panels with chalkboard paint. The backing of my paintings were a thin wood, perfect for a chalkboard!

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