Sunday, February 17, 2013

Easy Chalkboards & Air Compressor Trick for Milk Paint

When I got this HUGE five foot long piece of framed artwork from the first auction I went to, I knew I was going to transform it into a chalkboard.  I read on Kammy's Korner that she uses plaster of paris mixed with latex to make the chalkboard paint.  Since that is what I already use for my homemade chalk paint recipe I was good to go. 
I removed all the staples from the back and separated the picture from the frame.  I painted right over the picture with two coats of the homemade black chalk (chalkboard) paint. No need to buy material to replace the picture--just paint over it.  I paint over glass and mirrors too!

Since the frame is so big, I wanted to pick an easy to like color for it.  I remembered that I ordered a sample pack of Luckett's Green MMS Milk Paint when the paint first came out.  I was saving it for the perfect piece and decided this would be it!
The paint did chip in some areas and it is recommended to use a scraper to help it come off, but since my husband has an air compressor and air hose attachment I used it on the frame and it took off all the chipping pieces!  I didn't have to scrape to get them off. I wouldn't have been able to scrape even if I wanted because of the profile of the frame.

I did sand to distress it further and waxed it with Minwax Finishing Paste.  The raised parts are where I sanded and the low flat parts are where it chipped.  The paint was really easy to use.  My only issue would be about how much paint to mix for my project.  You can't keep the leftover paint for more than a day or two and I would be worried I mixed too much and wasted paint, or mixed too little and not get the same color when mixing more.

Because I still had paint left after I did two coats on the large frame, I wound up painting this smaller frame the same color.  I don't like to paint a bunch of things the same color--I like to break it up.  But if you wind up mixing too much milk paint, keep another piece handy to paint with the leftover.

All these frames were very inexpensive and a very easy project to turn into chalkboards.  I find them at garage sales and so far they have sold very well at the consignment store.  I have a bunch more waiting for me to paint right now!

Linking to:
I Heart Naptime
Too Much Time On My Hands
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Navy Wifey Peters
I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Homemaker on a Dime
Coastal Charm
Kammy's Korner
Today's Creative Blog
Liz Marie Blog
Kathe With An E
Not Just A Housewife
Elizabeth & Co.
Fluster Buster
Shades of Amber
Southern Lovely
Beyond The Picket Fence
House of Hepworths
I Gotta Create
Embracing Change
A Creative Princess
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Miss Mustard Seed  
The Shabby Nest
Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Fabulous!!!
    What a fantastic idea - love it -and need to have one now!

  2. Cool chalkboard! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  3. Love it! It turned out great! - Susan

  4. I love doing these. So easy, and the end product looks super professional. No one would know that there is an ugly picture underneath the paint!


  5. This looks great and what a super use of a not so pretty picture! Just popping over from Life on Lakeshore Drive Link Party.


  6. I love this! I just did one the other day! Great job!

  7. Great idea - I have been tossing those ugly "paintings" and just using the frames. A lot less waste with this. I love that chippy finish.

  8. Thanks for sharing how you made over this ugly now looks GREAT!!!


  9. I love it! Can I ask you a few chalkboard questions to compare to what I do? I've never tried the homemade version, do you like this better than Rustoleum in a can? Also do you brush or roll? I don't like the roller texture on my chalkboards but I also hate brushstrokes. Thanks, I'm a new follower, I saw you post at Beyond the picket fence.

  10. That huge frame is awesome and I love what you did with it! The chippy paint is so cool, I would love to try that stuff. Great job and great tips!

  11. It looks fantastic!! You did a great job. Love the chippy paint. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share. Hope you are having a great week. :)

  12. That turned out great! Nice find with the giant painting :)

  13. hi, i'm following the "fluster creative muster" hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

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  14. Really awesome transformation! The frame color is a great choice too!

  15. love the frame. the color really is appealing. love the look milk paint gives.

  16. Beautiful, love that you use those ugly old paintings! I have just started making chalk paint with flat wall paint and plaster of paris...did you have to buy black wall paint and did it lighten with the plaster of paris? And my next question is does the brush strokes or texture of the old paintings show under the chalk paint? I see old pics and frames all the time and never thought to use the painting board...clever girl!!

  17. Great project, I love the color of the frame :) I read how much you bought them for at the auctions too - crazy! I wonder if there are some good local auctions here in Hawaii???

    I wanted to invite you to our weekly Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs Friday nights till the end of Monday, come stop by if you have time this weekend and link up :)

  18. I love it! I've always been tempted to paint chalkboard paint right over the glass but didn't know how it would turn out. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Looks nice! I love chalkboard paint too as you can use it on nearly anything! And thanks for the tip about the auction last week - I am headed to that very auction in March to check it out!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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