Chalkboard Message Board

Jul 10, 2013 | On the Cheap, Projects, Whole House

I am a website moron.  I built this website about a year ago and had no idea how to do graphics, but I just learned last week, so yea!, and here’s a very informative graphic that will tell you all you want to know about this post (pretend you haven’t read the title):


I used the Rhonna Designs app on my phone then emailed the graphic to myself so that I could post it.  You can get the app from the App Store.  There are lots of ways to use it and Shelley of House of Smiths has some amazing shots she took and dolled up with the app.  I’d like to find something that I can use directly on my Mac, but like a said, I’m a novice…

Okay, back to my little project.  I am a pretty laid back person and don’t like to be too scheduled (hence the lack of postings lately, ha!).  But, my kids are getting older and doing their own things, like starting a lawn service (Trajan), making more and more friends at her new school (Sofia), and planning his own playdates (Tuscan).  My old system consisted of writing down phone messages for the kids on scrap paper then taping them to the wall in the kitchen.  Messy, messy!

So, I decided to harness my inner type A personality (I had to dig deep people), and make a message board.  Luckily, the project involved lots of paint, so it was right up my alley.  First, I took a trip to Goodwill and found a framed picture that I could re-purpose:


Please ignore the fact that the frame is not fully in the pic… My husband thought it would be more important to have me in the pic than the project I am working on!  I picked this beauty because it was fairly cheap ($20), it was big, and the drawing of the urn was posted on a piece of raised foam board and I thought having some dimension to the message board would be good.

Now came the not-so-fun part…  I wasn’t too sure what color I wanted for the frame and I though that white would be perfect until I painted the entire frame with 3 coats and then decided that the color wasn’t right.  I did the same thing with coral, blue, cream, and yellow.  Sigh.  Nothing looked good until I painted the frame yellow and sanded the frame lightly to expose the other thousand colors underneath.


See the different colors peeking through?


When I finished painting the frame, I painted the inside with black chalkboard paint.  I used a foam roller instead of spray paint just because I didn’t want to tape my newly painted frame and risk the paint peeling off.  Here is the finished product:


Yes, we need vitamins and it’s a happy Wednesday!  It was an easy project and fairly low-budget especially since I posted on Freecycle that I wanted some chalkboard paint and someone came through with some from a project she just finished.  So, the grand total was about $30 for the frame and the couple cans of spray paint I bought that I didn’t already have.  Now I can write the kids notes and feel like I’m much more organized than I really am!