Wedding Wednesday: DIY Chalkboard Frames

It’s been a while, but I’m back with another round of Wedding Wednesday! I’m so excited to share with you my first ever DIY project: Chalkboard frames!

DIY Chalkboard frames.*

DIY Chalkboard frames.*

I don’t know what it is about chalkboard frames, but every time I see them my heart does a little flutter. We’ll be able to use the chalkboard frames in some places we’d otherwise use paper. Once I got the idea to make them, a few Internet searches helped me realize just how simple this project would be. (And I’ve never DIY’d anything before besides food.)

So, last week I stocked up on supplies:

  • Four inexpensive white frames from Michael’s (I went with white because we can either leave them as-is or they’d be easy to paint if we decide to add some color.)
  • Primer, chalkboard paint, a foam brush, and a roller brush from Home Depot
Primer and paint that I used

Primer and paint that I used

Sunday morning in a slight wine-induced haze (thanks to a super fun dinner party Saturday night with some of my girlfriends) I got to work. Here’s how it all went down:

1. Line your work surface with newspaper.

2. Remove glass from wood frames.

3. Using a foam brush, paint one side of the glass with a coat of primer. (The paint lady at Home Depot suggested I use  gray primer since the chalkboard paint is dark. Since I know nothing about painting/crafting I listened to her, but my research shows you’d be fine with white primer, too.)


One coat of primer 

4. Once the primer dries (in an hour or two) paint on the first coat of chalkboard paint using a roller brush. Once that’s dry (another hour or two) paint on a second coat.

Two coats of chalkboard paint!

Two coats of chalkboard paint

5. Once the chalkboard paint dries, run a side of chalk over the surface. I can’t exactly explain why this is important to do, but every tutorial I read recommends it as a way to “prime” the chalkboard. I figure it can’t hurt : )


6. Wipe off the chalk, place glass back in frame with the chalkboard facing out.



I recently learned about chalkboard markers, which write like ink, but still look chalkboard-like. I can’t wait to get my hands on some! This means we won’t have to deal with that dusty chalky mess and can write more cleanly, but we’ll still get that classic chalkboard effect I love so much. Since this project came out so well and was so easy to pull off we’re thinking about mayyyyyybe using these types of DIY chalkboard frames (but bigger) for items like our seating chart or even our menu.

Stay tuned for more DIY projects for our Big Day. It’s a safe bet at least one will include food : )

*As of today it’s only 136 days to go!

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