DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

Earlier this week I shared My Small and Simple Entryway. It had remained an awkward space for two years and I finally found my perfect solution. On my new entryway wall I hung this DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard.

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

I’ve had this gold frame for quite awhile, it was a super cheap score! I loved it so much but didn’t know what I wanted to do with, didn’t just want to do more of the same. I wasn’t nuts about the color of the frame though. The gold was appealing to me but just not in this way. So I painted the frame Metallic Gloss Gold by Rustoleum, a much better gold!

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

For inside the frame, we just cut some thin plywood to fit the opening in the back.

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

After the wood was cut it was time to paint! I painted it with some Chalky Finish paint in black. It’s not actual chalkboard paint, but it is chalk paint. It has a flat look like chalkboard paint does, which is exactly what I wanted.

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

I created my design with my Silhouette Cameo and cut it out of vinyl. I weeded out all the lettering so I could use the vinyl as a stencil. With a little bit of transfer tape I placed my vinyl stencil on my wood and made sure it was pressed down really well.

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

Once the stencil was down, I painted inside the letters with the same black paint I used on the wood. This way if there’s bleeding, it will be the black paint and unnoticeable. Then I painted a white chalk paint in the stencil to mimic “chalk” writing on my sign. When all the paint was dry I rubbed chalk all over the sign and then wiped it down. It’s really starting to look like a chalkboard now!

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

I just popped the new “chalkboard” into the frame, not actually attaching it to anything. I didn’t want to make it permanent because in the middle of this project I decided that I wanted to create new “chalkboard” for different seasons and holidays! Squee! More reasons to craft!!! So for now, this one is my “Fall” chalkboard. It’s a great reminder!

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

I feel like the space has come together perfectly!

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

The Faux Chalkboard was the perfect solution for this spot! To the right is my crib bench and to the left is a huge mirror. I didn’t want to add another bulky furniture piece and I didn’t want another mirror.

DIY Faux Framed Chalkboard | A Diamond in the Stuff

Honestly I gave the Faux Chalkboard a try because I am terrible at freehand. I’m also a perfectionist. To be honest, I love the way it turned out and the board really does look like a chalkboard. I’d say it was a crafting win! What do you think?

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  1. That came out beautifully! And great tip about putting down a layer of black paint on the stencil!
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  2. Hey Courtney,

    I was wondering if you could post, or send me the cut file your created for this project! I love the font and look of it all. I was thinking of etching it on a dish for a fundraiser! THANKS!

  3. I added my correct email… lol

  4. Beautiful! Would you mind sharing the font you used for the word “grateful?” It’s so pretty!

  5. I am confused about putting the black paint inside the stencil. Isn’t the board already black? Please explain!

    • Hi Jamie. Yes the board is already painted black. I paint the same black paint in the stencil first so that if there is any “bleeding” through the stencil it will be the black paint. Which means any bleeding will be unnoticeable. I then paint the color that I want the wording to be. This paint won’t bleed now because the black paint has filled in any area where bleeding may occur. Does that make sense? Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Hi Jamie…..just got a silouhette and am experimenting with a few things. I noticed that someone asked for a cut file in a previous comment. Would you mind explaining what that is for a newbie silhouette person?
    Love, love,love the finished piece……beautiful!
    Would love to try making one of these for my home!

  7. Wow this is such a great decor DIY project. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  8. This came out great. Do you have a website you use for the stencils and writing or do you create them yourself? xoxo Ari xoxo


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