In this post I will talk about customising a chalkboard to make it your own.
I had a £1 chalkboard lying about the spare bedroom that I had bought for our upcoming wedding. Now I didn’t really like the wooden frame that was attached to the chalkboard. I thought of painting it and distressing it but I wanted something chunkier and with a bit of weight.
This was the original chalkboard (near enough) and the frame I used:
I was quite lucky that this frame was a wall mount one so it didn’t have an annoying picture arm part at the back to contend with because i want this chalkboard to be handled by people for photos or in our photo-booth. It might be worth making sure that any prospective frame doesn’t have the picture arm; unless of course you want it to be able to stand up etc.
I did want it to look something like these:
But I was having a difficult time finding frames that weren’t really expensive. At the weekend I was going to check the local charity/thrift shops for cool frames, but I forgot to take the measurement of the chalkboard with me. Noooooo! So I had a quick look online in The Range- the frames weren’t coming up the size I wanted so I looked in Tesco’s yesterday evening and found one that was only and inch out and it was a fiver. Bargain!
The process was easy enough:
- Take the backboard, mount and glass from the frame (Mine broke when I pulled it out because it was glued, so be careful)
- Using the glass (if you have it) or backboard, size up the chalkboard and trim to size needed (I was quite lucky as I only had to trim off a 1 inch strip at the end)
- Place the chalkboard into frame, facing outwards as a picture would, along with the backboard. Use the foldy-metal-pin things to keep them in place.
- Flip round and admire your awesome looking frame and the weight that feels pretty damned good.
Good luck and happy creating! I hope someone finds this useful and I’d love to see pictures if you make one!