Earlier in the week, I showed you the changes I made in my oldest son’s bedroom. One of the switches I made was to replace his bedroom door (tutorial to come) because the old one had cracked after one too many slammings. Ugh, cheap hollow door.
In an effort to keep my son from taping all types of signs to his new door, I found an ugly old frame and married it with some scrap metal from a junky set of shelving a neighbor was throwing away. That’s not real wood, it’s metal…fake wood metal. Yuck.
But, I salvaged the shelves and cut the edges off with tin snips when I realized they were magnetic. And for some reason (beyond my understanding) I had an ugly frame laying around.
Wait until you see how they were transformed. You won’t believe your eyes, so watch closely how I made this Upcycled Magnetic Chalkboard Frame:
- Old frame
- Tin snips
- Sheet metal
- Sanding block or sander
- Wood glue
- Wet wipe
- D-hooks for hanging
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam brush
- Miter Saw
Optional: You may need some Goo Gone, a scraper and rag to eliminate any glue on the back of the frame.
Begin by cutting your metal to fit into the back of the frame.
Paint one side of the metal with chalkboard paint. Apply two coats of paint and season with chalk.
If your frame has paper on the back, peel it off and use Goo Gone, a scraper and sander to remove any of the glue residue.
When the chalkboard paint has dried, insert it into the frame, chalkboard side up from the backside of the frame (are you seeing where I’m going with this?)
The back of the frame is much prettier than the front, but in order to hold the chalkboard in place, we need to cut some moulding. Cut the end of your moulding at a 45 degree angle. Fit it into the frame and mark where to make your cut.
Continue fitting and cutting moulding around your frame.
Once all three pieces are dry fit, you are ready to secure them.
Apply a bead of wood glue along the inside edge of the back of the frame.
Set the moulding pieces in place and wipe up any glue that squeezes out.
Clamp the moulding pieces and the frame. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour.
When the glue has dried. Attach two D-rings to the back of the frame.
Hang it on the door.
To keep the frame from bouncing any time the door is opened or closed, I put a 3M Command velcro strip between the bottom of the frame and the door.
And now my son can put up pictures, messages and more without damaging the door.
Pretty cool huh?! Would you ever guess the back of an ugly frame and book shelves could look this beautiful?
I especially like the little metal corners that show in the frame.