Blackboard Photo Frame

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Blackboard Photo Frame

One of the best parts of being a blogger is reading other’s posts. I really feel I have got to know some of my favourite bloggers by what and how they write. I laugh with them, feel sad with them and get inspired by them.

I love popping over to Pili’s blog and seeing what creative craftiness is happening in her life.  One week I came across a project where she had turned an old picture into a blackboard for a friend who was a wedding planner. What a wonderful idea I though. I had been thinking about buying a white board for my desk to keep note of my ‘to-do’ list but whiteboards are so ugly.  But as soon as I saw Pili’s creation, I knew I was going to create a blackboard.

So that weekend, I went round to my parents' house in search or an old, fairly large free-standing picture frame. My mum had just the thing. It unfortunately didn’t have the stand on the back, this had been taken off. So a quick visit to my local trash or treasure shop found me the back of the frame I been looking for.

I cut out a piece of cardboard the same size as the backboard of the frame and then painted it with some blackboard paint I had acquired from a craft store.

Blackboard Photo Frame

The trick with blackboard paint is long strokes from one side to the other. Do one coat with all stokes going from down to up, wait an hour and then do a second coat with the strokes left to right. Wait 24 hours and voila!

Blackboard Photo Frame

You have a perfect blackboard to mount in your frame.

I changed the back over, found some chalks and now I have a very pretty looking to-do list on my desk. I'm unsure whether I should give it a lick of paint. I have a tin sitting on my desk that matches my dining table and TV unit. What do you think?

Blackboard Photo Frame

Thanks Pili for inspiring me!

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20 thoughts on “Blackboard Photo Frame

  1. Sally that is such a great idea. I have also recently gotten on board with Blackboard paint and love it to no end. I even painted a big part of my wall and now it looks so much better than just a blank wall. Merry Christmas to you Sally!

    • Sally Sally says:

      That sounds lovely Mary. I think blackboard paint is amazing, it takes a space or an item and makes it not only aesthetically pleasing but useful too. Happy Christmas to you too. I hope you had a wonderful one.

  2. This is soooooo cool! I'm definitely doing this for our house. Hubby seems to be very forgetful when it comes to shopping lists, so this one will definitely help 🙂 xx

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh dear! Yes you definitely need one Imka, if you have a forgetful Hubby. It's proving to be very useful for me and ever changing list of things to do.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks. It was really fun to make and I think it looks lovely on my desk. Much better than a whiteboard. Happy Christmas to you too.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks Erin. It was really simple to do and I enjoyed having a nosey around our local Trash and Treasure too. I may head back looking for the next project.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks for stopping by Cheryl. I'm looking forward to reading all the lovely posts. Yes the blackboard is pretty effective isn't it. It didn't take long at all either.

  3. Wow very artistic!! I love a good to do list, and a chalk board one would be fab as I literally end up with lists everywhere! Thanks for hosting! #LifeLovingLinkie

    • Sally Sally says:

      Who doesn't love a list Laura? I'm so glad I didn't go down the whiteboard route. It's so much prettier.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh dear Kirsty. I hope your chalk wall isn't still driving you up the wall! Yes a frame is great as I can move it around.

  4. This is such a great idea for my kitchen! we have a corkboard but this could follow me around for ingredients etc! Pili is always inspiring things shes so crafty!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I know, so many uses Charlotte. I'm glad I bought a big bottle of blackboard paint, I can make more if I need to. I know, Pili is so creative. I love reading her blog.

  5. Sally, I love your chalkboard!! I'm sure not only you will write things to do on it but doodling, it's so fun! And you know me, I can't leave almost anything on peace so I would paint the frame with the matching color... you can always repaint it if you get tired.
    I am really glad I could inspire you to make your own, thanks for letting me know.
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks Pili. I'm glad you like my creation. I might paint it, I do have the paint. If I do, I'll share another picture. Happy Christmas to you and your family too!

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