Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Project: A-Frame Chalkboard

I haven’t completed a project in a long while, so it was time for a little DIY. After noticing these two matching green wooden frames taking up space in the garage, I decided to repurpose them and reduce my stash of stuff.

You know how I love to make chalkboards so it was a no-brainer to create a chalkboard to fill one or both of the frames. But this time I wanted to do something a little different and the angle on the back of the frames gave me an idea. I’ll explain more about that angle later.

Check out the angle on the back of the frame
First of all, I painted the two frames with FolkArt Home Décor chalkpaint, then distressed and waxed them.

I went to Lowe’s and bought a 24” square of birch plywood. I had them cut two pieces of 9” x 12” to fit the two frames; the remaining plywood will come in handy for a future project. I painted one of the boards with 3 coats of Valspar chalkboard paint and primed it with a piece of chalk.

Instead of a second chalkboard, I decided to do something different for the other frame. Plan A was to make a corkboard insert for it, but the combination of the plywood and the cork was just too thick for the frame; so I settled on Plan B and created a bulletin board from some batting, black vintage fabric (which coordinated perfectly with the chalkboard) and some twine.

Here are the two frames; one completed with a chalkboard, the other with the fabric bulletin board.

So what about that angle that I mentioned before? Well…. By gluing the back of the frames together along that top angle, I got an A-Frame that stands alone.

My hubby thought I needed to screw the two frames together for a little extra support. I agreed, but I didn’t want the screw to show. I found a small piece of flower-shaped jewelry that already had a hole in the center. We attached the flower to the frames, making sure to screw through both frames.

Of course, I couldn’t let that screw head show either, so what better way to cover it than with a rhinestone earring.

A little bling never hurts!!!

Finally, here’s my completed A-Frame chalkboard/bulletin board that can be used as a menu board/recipe card holder or perhaps as a message center for notes and photos. It easily stands on its own and the top edge where the two frames meet can even hold a piece of chalk.

Project A-Frame: Complete!

Linking to these fun parties:
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures


  1. Can I borrow ( use ) your idea of putting `todays menu` in my kitchenÉ

  2. That is so cute and so useful! I love the little added 'bling' also! Great idea!

  3. This is so cute! I love the finishing touch with the vintage jewelry. I need one of these! Thank you for showing this project.

    xo Dianne

  4. Perfect! I love the dual purpose and how you attached the two frames together. The piece of jewelry and a touch of bling is all it needed. Love it!

  5. You are so clever doing the frames together with that gorgeous rhinestone earring

  6. Neat idea! I have a chalkboard that I hang on my wall with a weekly menu. Still, the kids ask me, what's for dinner?

  7. This is so cute! Thanks for linking it up at Talk of the Town!


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