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How to DIY a Distressed Picture Frame and a Chalkboard

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

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I love going to the thrift store and finding old things to turn them into new. For this DIY project, I was in search for some old picture frames that I could make new again. It was during a trip that I took to Virginia to visit family was when I stumbled upon some old picture frames.

Every time we travel to Virginia, one of our top to do’s is to go thrift shopping. So we stopped at a Salvation Army, near Staunton. It’s one of my favorite stores to go to because I’ve always found gems in there.



 

Sometimes I find some really nice furniture pieces that I would love to take back with me, but sadly, we never have the room.

So for my latest creation, I painted a distressed picture frame with a vintage, rustic theme. Then I added another picture frame that I turned into a chalkboard to compliment the distressed picture frame with. The total costs of each of the frames were only 99 cents a piece!

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Materials needed:

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Chalkboard paint:
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Chalk paint
Vintage Effect Wash:
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Foam paint brushes
Paint brush
Poster board
Sand paper
X acto knife
Glue gun

1. Clean first, then use your foam brush to start painting.

The first step you want to take when painting anything you bought from the thrift store is to clean it off. I used windex cleaner for everything. You can also use alcohol to clean the glass.

Add grey chalk paint first with the foam paint brushes. Apply strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Side note: to make it look distressed, leave some spots uncovered.

Let it dry for an hour before you add the next layer of paint. You might only need one layer of paint since you can apply it on pretty thick with the chalk paint.

2. Start painting your other frame with an off-white chalk paint.

While your paint is drying, you can start painting the other frame. I used an off white color of chalk paint to cover the frame with. I had to add at least 3 layers with about a half hour to an hour of drying in between.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

3. Add chalkboard paint to your poster board.

Next, you can paint the chalkboard with the black chalkboard paint. The material I used paint on it was a poster board. You can trace the back piece of the frame and an X acto knife to cut out the poster board.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Add paint to the poster board with the foam paint brush. Paint with strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish. Add at least 2 layers of paint with a half hour of drying in between.



 

4. Go back to your first frame and add the Vintage Effect Wash to make it look distressed and rustic.

While you’re waiting for those two pieces to dry, you can go back to the distressed picture frame. Grab the white vintage paint, dip your paint brush, and go!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Make sure you apply a thin layer first to see how it looks on top of the grey. Add various brush strokes in different directions to keep going with that distressed look.

Try not to cover the whole frame. Like so in this picture. But you can get pretty creative with this part in how you want it to look. I only needed to apply one layer of paint here.

After that frame is dried, I used sandpaper on the sides and the corners of the frame to really pull out that distressed look I was going for.

5. Put your chalkboard frame together after it has dried.

After you’re finished with that, put your chalkboard frame together by gluing the poster board into the frame with a hot glue gun and framing the back piece of the frame so that you can hang it on the wall. Now you can start adding to do lists, favorite quotes, or drawings to your new chalkboard!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

A distressed picture frame would look great in the front entrance or your living room. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Show me your latest project in the comments below!


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DIY Wall Sconce Makeover with Mason Jars

Learn how to makeover old wall sconces that I bought from the thrift store. This is an easy DIY tutorial that will help you learn how to create a weathered look with chalk paint, how to paint mason jars, and where to get all of your supplies. Pin it here for later!

 

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This DIY project was pretty easy to accomplish. I went to Goodwill one day, and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I knew that I wanted to do a new DIY project that I could repurpose for someone as a Christmas gift. One of the reasons for doing this was to save some money in the bank. And also because I love to make things as Christmas presents.

I came across many items in the home decor section that I could repurpose and give as gifts. You could walk by these items inside Goodwill and not even think twice about how beautiful they would look in your home. Because, why would anyone want to buy them?


These thrift store pieces were ugly before. But I was able to turn them into something pretty. The DIY project that I created were two pieces turned into a farmhouse decor finish to hang on the wall.

I hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this project.

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DIY Thrift Store Junk Materials needed:

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1. Take off the hardware first.

The mason jars and the wall sconces are what I bought from the thrift store. I took a flathead screwdriver to remove black candlestick pieces off the wood pieces so that I could apply the chalk paint. Be sure to clean off any dust and dirt first before you go ahead and paint.

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2. Apply chalk paint.

Apply chalk paint to the wooden pieces with a foam paint brush. Make sure you apply brush strokes in the same direction and add at least two layers of paint to minimize brush strokes. Make sure you let them dry for an hour in between each layer of paint that is applied. I used chalk paint that I had bought from Walmart, called “Elephant Ear”.

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3. Apply the wash paint to give it a rustic farmhouse look.

After the two wooden pieces were dried, I added the Vintage Effect Wash Paint over the wooden pieces to make it look rustic. I just dripped some of the paint onto a rag and I rubbed it on the wooden pieces. But I only needed to add one layer of paint. And use the same strokes when applying the paint.

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4. Paint and sand mason jars.

Next, I cleaned off the mason jars with alcohol, as the directions say on the bottle of paint. Then, add the ivory chalk paint by Waverly from Walmart to the mason jars with foam paint brushes. I would add at least two to three layers of paint to the mason jars and give it about 30 minutes to an hour between the layers. Then you can also use a medium grit sandpaper to give it a “vintage farmhouse look”. Make sure you use the same up and down brush strokes with the foam paint brushes.

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5. Dust off any dirty looking parts and give it a fresh coat of paint.

Although this was optional, the candlestick pieces needed a splash of paint to make them look shiny and new again. I had to clean them off because they were so dusty looking. And then I just applied black chalkboard paint. But you don’t necessarily need chalkboard paint. Any type of acrylic paint will do just fine.

After those dry off, place the mason jars upside down and grab a hot glue gun. Put a little glue on the candlestick pieces and place those on the mason jars. I let those sit for a few minutes to make sure they were dry and then you can attach the wood pieces back onto the candlestick holders.

Use some twine and flowers of your choice for decoration and hang them up on your wall. But I think they would look nice in an entryway, don’t you?

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So there you have it! Rustic decor pieces that were repurposed from the thrift store. Be sure to grab your FREE Minimal Project Planner Checklist when you sign up for weekly newsletters with Pretty Crafty and Wanderful.

 


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A Holiday Gift that’s Perfect and Affordable

A holiday gift that's perfect and affordable. Are you clueless as to what kind of gifts to give this year? Click through to read more about an affordable holiday gift idea.Every holiday season, I always find myself spending tons of dollars on a holiday gift that is overly priced or unoriginal. But it’s probably because the gifts that I buy are last minute. Or I’ve run out of ideas on what to buy because I always feel like my family has everything they ever need. Do you run into this awkward problem yourself?

Each holiday season it seems that many products for gift giving are becoming more and more expensive. But this year, I decided to get creative and either make my own gifts or find unique products for sale that are affordable but still just as thoughtful.

What is the perfect affordable holiday gift that you can give this holiday season?

 

Art prints! The reason printables are the perfect gift for this season is because they are affordable and unique. You can shop for them right from the comfort of your own home. The best part about printables is that you receive them instantly and you can print them right at home! Or you can send them out to an online store and have them frame it up for you while they ship it to your house!

I think that these gifts are great because mostly everyone loves home decor. If you know someone who has the same tastes as you do, then this would considerably be the perfect gift for you to buy for someone.

Where to shop?

So if you’re looking for somewhere to start shopping for digital prints. Look no further than Etsy! There are a ton of creative people out there who are selling digital prints at a decent price! In fact, you can even check out my new shop here! I just opened up a new Etsy shop called Pretty Crafty by McKinsey, and I will be adding many more listings later on.

 

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