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What You Make of It: An Old Picture Frame Gets a New Life with Susan Duane

Good morning dearies, I'm sorry I've been gone these past few days. Family life is first place around here and we needed some time.  I hope you enjoy this fabulous What You Make of It project from Susan Duane.

Have a great day,

I'll be back soon!


Old Frame New Life

With a few simple materials you can create a useful and unique chalkboard for your home.

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♥ You'll need:
  • Old picture frame can be wood or metal
  • A piece of plywood cut to fit the frame
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Chalk 
  • A piece of ribbon or twine for hanging the chalk 
  • Hardware for hanging the chalkboard or stand 

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♥ Paint your wood with 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat dry. 

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♥ Lightly sand between coats. 

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♥ Insert your dried wood back into the frame.


♥ Attach chalk and/or hooks for hanging.

My frame was metal so I would use this one on a stand like I have shown. I see pretty old frames at estate sales all the time. Keep your eyes open for that old picture that's not so great but the frame might be perfect! Often I add hooks with loops on the back and then thread with ribbon to hang them. You will need to wipe with a damp cloth every now and then to get the board completely clean.
I like to use these when we have company to write our menu on. Would make a fun house warming gift too!
Happy Crafting!


Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.


Jessica Dougherty



Can't wait to try this!!! So excited.

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