How to Transform an Old Piece of Art into a Chalkboard
I suffer from a condition called design ADD. It’s a real thing in my world. I am always moving things around, rearranging furniture, and swapping out wall decor. If you will recall I had some new doors that I made look old and crackly behind my couch. You can see that tutorial here.
Here’s the thing. The moment they were hung, I didn’t like them. I liked them, I just didn’t like them in MY space. But I tempered my design ADD because I had insisted that my husband hang them for me late one night so that I could blog about them the next day. He was super tired but he did it. So out of guilt, I decided to live with them. I lived with them for almost a year! It’s a record for me.
Before the doors I had a giant piece of art work on the wall. I bought this piece when we lived in Ohio and had a family room with a 2 story ceiling. It looked small in that space! This is the only pic I could find with the artwork actually on my wall in my currant home. But it had been in my garage since the doors went up.
I have had this pic one of my Pinterest boards for a long time and I always come back to it. I love the gold frame on the chalkboard and the french country design of the room. I realized that I could turn that giant piece of artwork out in the garage into a chalkboard pretty similar to the one in my inspiration photo.
A quick dismantling of the art work revealed that the back of the art was cardboard. I broke out the chalkboard paint and gave the cardboard 2 coats of paint. The cardboard did crinkle up a bit with the moisture of the paint but it flattened out a bit when it dried. The wrinkles that are left don’t real bother me because I think it makes the chalkboard look old.
I removed the frame and spray painted it gold. And then I reassembled the picture. Only with the chalkboard side facing out. Here’s the best part, should my design ADD return I can always flip the picture back to the poppies side. Presto, chango!
Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says
OMGee! This is a brilliant idea. I love how the chalkboard looks distressed from the wrinkles. Well done!
Pinning and sharing everywhere!
Psst… I’ve got Decorating ADD too!
Love this..I have done the same with some of my old art work!! I love how you added the burlap and lights!! Christine from Little Brags
This is gorgeous! Love the gold. It looks just perfect above your couch! 🙂