Luscious Red Chalkboard Frame

I picked up this mid-sized vintage frame a few weeks ago… man was I getting my “junkersize” on with this one… it’s much heavier than it looks as it is gesso on wood and THICK! Gorgeous looking burled wood frame with gilded details… someone had attempted to repair the gilded gesso pieces that were missing… not sure what they were thinking!

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The yummy AFTER!!

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I didn’t even try to repair or fix the missing gesso… I just painted over it all in metallic gold paint to minimize the missing pieces. I also rubbed over it with an umber glaze to dull the bright new gold paint…

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The black stripe was left as is and the frame is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperor’s Red… an absolutely GORGEOUS red!!

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This frame is 4 1/2 inches thick!!! It has such a great profile!

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I slightly distressed the red, waxed (Annie Sloan Wax) and buffed it… the chalkboard center is just thin wood I had cut at Lowe’s and painted with chalkboard paint… make sure you season new chalkboard paint before you write on it by rubbing it with chalk!

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I love having a large chalkboard in our kitchen and we have the perfect wall for it, but I don’t write dinner meals on it as often as I should… so this is what usually happens…

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The girls take it over and write random things on it I don’t understand… maybe this has something to do with our trip here this summer…

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So even if you don’t have a place for a chalkboard in your kitchen I’m sure if you have kids you can bet wherever you put it it will be used!

Hope you enjoyed my latest chalkboard update!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is wonderful, Susan–I love that you are not afraid to use color! Me too! I just picked up a frame and want to make a chalkboard out of it, so this post was very inspirational!

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  2. I love making chalkboards and love the colors you chose the red and yellow are so autumn!
    Sherry

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  3. Fabulous transformation! Thanx for coming to THT!

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  4. I think it was much better before you renovated it. I mean red color is not so common for picture frames at least I do not prefer it. You should try with some other more natural colors.

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    • Thanks for your feedback. I’m not a huge fan of red myself either and I tend to stay within the blue-green range with color schemes but there are a lot of people out there who want to bring a pop of color into their decor… this frame sold within an hour of me posting the pictures so I didn’t fret too much!

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