Old Frame to Cool Chalkboard

Old Frame to Cool Chalkboard

Hello friend!  I have got a super easy repurposing project for you today.  When it comes to DIY projects, I am all about quick, easy, and inexpensive.  How ’bout you?  So, I am sure you have noticed that chalkboards are super in right now.  I see them everywhere.  If it’s not an actual chalkboard, it’s a chalkboard print to add to a frame.   I saw a super this cute picture of another blogger’s office and thought to myself….hey I need one of those.  And just like that a project was born.

home office with large chalkboard

While I would have loved to do a giant chalkboard kind of like that one, I actually already had a frame on hand that I could use and just repurpose.  The frame was kind of unattractive and dated. #circa1992  I most definitely needed to do a little refresh on that front.  Outside of that,  all I needed to make a fun chalkboard for my office was a piece of wood (plywood works), some ribbon for the frame, and chalkboard paint.

The frame is an 18×24 frame with a gold finish and a lovely (and by lovely I mean totally terrible, has to go) beige linen accent for trim.

gold frame with linen trim


Since my office is mostly white with pops of light blue (Tiffanys blue?), I chose a ribbon that is light blue with gold polka dots.  The gold dots tie into the frame and the blue fits the room perfectly.


Here’s the ribbon I chose. Light blue with gold polka dots


Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?

chalkboard with ribbon trim



So, if you’re kinda liking this idea and happen to have one or come across a dated old frame, here’s what you do.

Make One For Yourself

So, the first thing I did was run the ribbon through my sewing machine.  I used a straight, wide (long) stitch and went right down the middle of the ribbon.  This took me about 2 minutes.

sewing a blue ribbon down the middle with sewing machine


Okay, for this next part, stick with me.  This is kind of hard to describe.  First you need to find the thread handing off of one end of the ribbon.  You want to hold the bobbin thread (the one on the bottom side of the ribbon).  As you hold the bobbin thread in place, you want to slide the ribbon down the other thread.  You just start pushing the ribbon down and notice it start to gather and make little ripples in the ribbon.  Do this down the whole length of your ribbon until it’s all gathered.  Later, you will adjust the length and gathers as you glue the ribbon onto the frame.


Here the ribbon has been pushed all along the thread to create gathers


Next you will glue the ribbon onto the frame.  In my case I hot glued the ribbon right onto the linen trim.  Here’s what you need to keep in mind…you want your gathering to be kind of consistent so you’ll need to make slight adjustments as you glue to keep it evenly ruffled.  I bought two 3-yard spools of ribbon and that was enough to cover the frame for my project.


Begin hot gluing the ribbon onto the frame

gathered ribbon added onto gold frame

Now Add the Chalkboard

After you ribbon is in place, you are ready to add the chalkboard to the frame.  For that part of the project, I simply painted 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint to my wood.  Once the paint was dry, I used glazer points to hold the wood in place inside the frame.  As a side note, make sure you take chalk and cover the chalkboard and erase it all first before using the board.  I guess that is kind of like “seasoning” the board.

chalkboard on gallery wall

So, here’s the finished chalkboard hanging on the wall in my “office.”  I think it’s a fun pop on the wall and gives me a place to keep my post ideas visible as well as any other to-dos.  How do you keep up with all of your ongoing projects?  Do you have a craft room or office that you’ve decorated?  I’d love to hear what you think, so don’t forget to comment below!

chalkboard hung on gallery wall

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