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February 2, 2016

What To Do With An Ugly Sign In Under 30 Minutes

Every time I walked down our stairs I would make a mental note, I've got to give that sign a makeover.  And every day of every week of every year it still hadn't happened.

Until last Saturday when I yanked that thang right off its hook and brought it down to the workshop.

I had plans to share a different project with you this week on Frugal Decor Tuesday but I walked past that sign one too many times.  So today I'm sharing What To Do With An Ugly Sign In Under 30 Minutes.

Framed Art to Fun Chalkboard Before and After

Here is what it looked like in all its plastic fake woodgrain glory.  You can see how well the pink border clashed with our Sundried Tomato wall color.

Welcome Framed Art Chalkboard Before

I gave the frame a quick dry brush of Simplicity White chalk paint.  Next I grabbed my can of chalkboard paint and realized it had been put away with the lid slightly open and I was left with some Black Chalkboard Toffee.

Onto Plan B.  Chalk paint can be used as a chalkboard finish and so I used three coats of the color Liquorice.

Welcome Chalkboard with Simplicity and Liquorice chalk paint

While that was drying I needed something to hold chalk.  I remembered I had one lonely drawer pull in my hardware stash.  The plan was to spray paint it black and call it a day but I was having too much fun.

Welcome Chalkboard drawer pull chalk holder

I attached some self-adhesive letters onto the front and spray painted the pull in flat black.  The stuff dries in 10 minutes so this entire project may have taken a half hour.

Spray painted drawer pull to hold chalk onto Welcome Chalkboard

Before getting my chalk art groove on, the new board had to be seasoned.  Simply rub the side of a stick of chalk in both directions over the board and wipe with a dry cloth or paper towel.

Seasoning the new Welcome Chalkboard

I knew I wanted my chalkboard to say Welcome but didn't trust my freehand skills so I cheated and used stencils.

Using stencils to write a Welcome Message on a chalkboard

I connected the bridge of the stencilled letters so it wouldn't look...well...stencilly (new word).  I added a green shadow to tie in our color scheme.

Close Up Photo of new Welcome Chalkboard made from Framed Art

Now I have another dilemma, it's too cute for the front entry!

Welcome Chalkboard from dated framed art

I hung the chalkboard in our dining room to take pictures and I really like how it looks in this spot.

Welcome Chalkboard transformed from framed art

Mr. Frugalista surprised me with the sweet just because roses last week - he is always so thoughtful!

Do you have old framed art tucked away somewhere in storage that you could transform into a fun chalkboard? Perhaps you've already made something similar. If so, I'd love to hear about it!

Frugal Decor Tuesdays Graphic

Hope to see you back here next week when Frugal Decor Tuesday will be hosted under candlelight.

I'm sharing this post at these LINKY PARTIES

A BIG thank you to the following for featuring this project:

The Pin Junkie     Craft Frenzy Friday    

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