For my friend Samantha’s upcoming engagement dinner I decided to make her a shabby chic framed chalk board for her to possibly use at her wedding. I found a nice size frame with an interesting pattern for about 7$ at my local good will.

It wasn’t the best quality frame job so it too a bit of effort to remove all the staples and separate the painting from the frame.

Luckily I had some metallic gold spray paint sitting around from previous projects. I was hoping to find something a little more metallic and a brighter shade of gold but that turned out to be more difficult than I had originally thought.

Hold the can about 6-12 inches away from frame and spray in short bursts. Do several thin layers to avoid running. Wait about 15 min between each layer to allow paint to dry.

Allow the frame to dry for about an hour before moving on to the next step.

To add so definition to the detailing on the frame I added a coat of wax finish.

I used Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Antique Wax .

Paint on a layer of the wax paint to one section of the frame let sit for about 30 seconds then wipe off with a damp rag until you achieve the color you desire. (you may switch to a dry rag to finish wiping frame down to remove more of the paint). Repeat this process for the next three sections.

I measured the picture that was originally in the frame and cut a piece of wood to match the dimensions. Coat the wood with about three layers of chalkboard paint waiting about 30 min between each layer. Let dry over night then use wood glue to attach the frame to the wood. Let the frame dry for 6-8 hours before trying to write on the board or hang it up.