Trash-to-Treasure Framed Chalkboard

Transform tired framed art into a fabulous chalkboard. The picture inside this frame was flipped over to provide a chalkboard painting surface. Most smooth surfaces work well.


  • Large frame with ornate and embossed details
  • Krylon Spray Paints: Interior/Exterior Gloss Satin Brown Boots, Ivory; General Purpose Metallic Gold; Black Chalkboard Paint

Basic Supplies

latex gloves, rag


  • Krylon Interior/Exterior White Primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • Note
  • 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions throughout.
  • Chalkboard
  • 1. Remove picture from frame. Sand frame and wipe dust with tack cloth.
  • 2. Wearing latex gloves to protect hands, spray paint smoothest side of picture with Black Chalkboard Paint; let dry.
  • 3. Apply primer to frame; let dry. Spray Satin Brown Boots in swaths in random areas of frame; let dry. Spray embossed areas, such as corners, Metallic Gold; let dry.
  • 4. Paint over frame with Ivory. While still wet, wipe some paint from detailed areas of frame with rag. Let dry.
  • 5. Place chalkboard in frame; adhere on back with glue gun.
  • MORE
  • 1. For a different look, layer paint in another order, leaving Java Sea Brown as the predominant overall color.

by Colette George for Krylon

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