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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Score!! An Old Wooden Framed Picture For a Project

For some time I have been on the lookout for a large picture and frame that I could turn into a blackboard for our great room.  

I had seen this look here and here.

The frame needed to be chunky and of course wooden.  The older, the better.  The picture needed to have a smooth finish so that it could be spray painted with chalkboard paint and then easily write upon.  And of course the price needed to be as close to zero as I could get it. :-)

Last week I was in a thrift store close to my home and spied something that I thought could work.  

Wooden chunky old frame?  Check
Large enough to fit the space needed?  Check
Smooth finish picture?  Check
No smoke or bad odors to contend with?  Check
Lowest price possible?   Check, check and  check

This is the before:

What's that?  How much did I pay for this?  Thought you would never ask!

Less than $10!!  That is pretty close to zero and that is my kind of deal!

It has a rather nice scenic picture in it really.  A  charming English cottage on the water.  Sorta hated to spray paint over it.  But I don't want another picture in this room and besides, the chalkboard spray paint will give it it's second life.    

Some close-ups of the frame. 

I was happy to see that the picture also had a nice hanging wire already installed.  

So I removed the picture from the frame, took it to my back covered deck and spray painted it.  It took two coats of Krylon Chalkboard paint in black.  Reassembled the frame and added a patriotic message for Memorial Day.  Here is the final reveal:

I did add some Rub n' Buff in Antique Gold in a few places on the frame just to brighten it a bit. 

To celebrate Memorial Day, I also added a couple of flags to a plant on the front porch.  We enjoy proudly displaying our beautiful Red, White and Blue!

Happy Memorial Day!! 
We honor those who have and are serving in all the armed forces for our nation.  God Bless You!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Libby~

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  1. Libby, that was fun! Even though, I did love the picture. Glad to see you mentioned one of my all time favorites, Rub 'n Buff! Yours is the second blog that I've read tonight where it was used. Love it! Thanks for posting..I'm a new follower. Drop by to see me. Helen of Helen's Decor

  2. Libby,
    Enjoying my visit tonight! Yesterday I bought a picture for the exact same project...although I haven't painted my picture yet!
    Your chalkboard looks great!

  3. Hi Georgia Girl, My, you scored two times. Thanks for your lovely tribute to our heros. God Bless America.
    I love the idea of the blackboard in the den. So handy for passing along messages. Love your thrifty habits and this was a winner. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

  4. I am your newest follower. We Georgia Girls must support each other. Ginger :)

  5. BEAUTIFULLY transformed!! Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my puny little blog. I'm a veteran too, having served in the Canadian Air Force for several decades. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS CANADA TOO!!!

  6. Hi Libby~

    What a great find & your finished chalkboard project turned out great! My husband is USAF & we were stationed @ Moody in Valdosta, sure miss the southern hospitality. :) Happy to be a new follower of your charming blog & I invite you to link to my K.I.S.S. Blog Bash.


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  7. Hey Libby,It's nice to meet another GA blogger and I'm your newest follower.
    Love your chalkboard and the perfect message for Memorial Day.
    Thanks for the great craft inspiration.

  8. Hi Libby! I cannot resist old picture frames. :) My DH scored a bunch for me at the last auction we went to for just a couple bucks - they're all sitting in my basement waiting for me to do something with them now! Thanks for the great idea! :)