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The Picture Frame Chalk Board Project



For all of you Pinterest crazy people out there, I have to admit that I don’t exactly get it. I have a Pinterest account and I’ve created a few boards. I seriously want to understand how it works and enjoy it, but so far, I’m a Pinterest failure. Maybe it’s because I’m not exactly…. crafty. Here’s a list of things I either don’t love or I’m not good at: home décor, photography, baking, gardening, painting, DIY projects, interior design, fashion. I’m already married with a baby…. So I don’t really need to pin 4000 wedding dress options or nursery theme ideas. I think that pretty much covers just about everything that people use Pinterest for, right?

Don’t get me wrong, just because I’m not good at some of the things on my above list doesn’t mean I don’t attempt them. DIY, or “Do It Yourself” projects, always seem like an awesome idea. You can make something awesome that’s normally expensive, save some serious cash, and have fun doing it. The problem with DIY for me is the actual execution. In my book, DIY actually stands for “Looks like shit.” The point of DIY is create something that has that homemade edge, but is still super cute and could totally pass for something you might have purchased in a store. But unfortunately for me, when I try to DIY, it just looks like I tried to do it myself and failed miserably.

The past few weeks, I’ve been attempting to “redecorate” my house. Since the shit that’s hanging on my walls has literally been there since we moved in, I thought it might be time for a little change. One room in our house is now designated the play room since we needed a home for the 18,000 toys we now own. I wanted to purchase a large decorative chalkboard for my son to use in the playroom. Not an easel that’s big and bulky and takes up a ton of space, but something that looks decorative and cute but that he can actually use, too. The first search I did turned up some GORGEOUS framed chalkboards on Etsy. By the way, Etsy is my absolute favorite website. It’s like getting homemade DIY products, but paying someone else to make them. Does it get any better than that?? Anyways, the chalkboard frames that I found ranged in price between $200-$300. Oh yeah, this is why people do it themselves, because paying someone else to make this shit is expensive.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a DIY failure, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Besides the fact that I’m not really into crafting, Pinterest projects just never turn out as cute as the photos on the website. Rather than put myself into a depression by trying to recreate someone else’s awesome idea, I just went straight to the craft store.

I found an employee at Hobby Lobby to help point me in the right direction. I ended up purchasing an empty picture frame and a roll of black chalkboard vinyl surface. It’s basically chalk board contact paper. I spray painted the frame since I’m not a fan of red (I know, I’m getting pretty fancy here…) and then hung it over the chalkboard vinyl surface that just sticks directly on the wall.

This is the chalkboard vinyl surface. It's similar to contact paper and can be removed and adjusted easily.

This is the chalkboard vinyl surface. It’s similar to contact paper and can be removed and adjusted easily. Photo via http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/black-chalkboard-vinyl-surface-714253/

Since my husband is about as handy as I am crafty, we spent over an hour trying to actually hang the frame. Don’t judge us. It had tricky hardware. But all in all, I actually think that this was a DIY success. It looks great in the playroom without taking up a ton of space and my son absolutely loves being able to draw with chalk indoors. Now we just need to teach him not to draw chalk EVERYWHERE in the playroom. Yikes.

The finished product! Not bad, if I do say so myself.

Decorative Picture Frame Chalkboard – The finished product!

And guess what, I even pinned a picture of the project on Pinterest. Maybe I will become a Pinterest crazy person, DIY lover after all. (But probably not).

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