Provincial Style Chalkboard Frames – September Short Projects

Provincial Chalkboard FramesWelcome to another beautiful September morning and the long-dreaded Election Day! Remember to make your vote count for the issues you care about (animal rights, anyone?).

Today’s September Short Project is something I have been meaning to get to for a while. I saw these MDF frames at Bunnings ages ago, and had to get them – I knew they would look great somewhere (although I had no idea where!). They were $12.95 each.

Vintage frames from BunningsVintage frames from Bunnings

I painted them white with my trusty can of antique white paint that is still going strong. It has a nice gloss to it and really classed up the frames.

Provincial style frame from Bunnings

Provincial style frames from Bunnings

Provincial style frames from Bunnings

Then they sat around the house for about 4 months while I debated what to do with them. Artistic photos of us? Scrapbook paper background? I tried both, but they just didn’t seem right.

Finally, it hit me – I now have some extra chalkboard paint after making my chalkboard wall, and I decided they would make great chalkboard frames!

Being the lazy person that I am, I just painted the back insert of the frame. I didn’t even use a brush – I laid the paint on thickly with a paper towel, so that I wouldn’t have to bother with oil paint cleanup.

Chalkboard frames

Complete with cat hair!

After letting the frames dry for 48 hours, I slapped on a few designs with my chalk, and replaced the inserts into the frames.

Chalkboard frames

Still complete with cat hair…

Provincial chalkboard frame

Provincial chalkboard frame

Needs a bit of a clean up!

I’ve been thinking of these frames for our powder room for a while, and to my happiness they really suited it. We have French provincial bathroom accessories, although you can’t really see them, and I think the frames match well!

Bathroom/powder room

The before shot.

I put the frames up using some helpful 3M stickies – what do you think of the final effect?

Bathroom/powder room

The after shot.

Provincial chalkboard frames

Provincial chalkboard frames

Check out some other September Short Projects:

Home-made Vintage Soap Dispensers – September Short Projects

Home made vintage soap dispensersLike my last post, today’s September Short Project is part of a larger plan. If you’re a Pinterest addict like me, you may have seen the idea of turning jars into soap dispensers. I’ve always wanted to try it, and decided to give it a go in preparation for a future project – making my own soap. But first things first. Continue reading