Well I guess I found my crafty side this weekend after all. This is the wobbly old frame I bought for 15 cents at a garage sale this weekend. It’s fairly large – 16×20 on the inside.
I applied some Minwax Tung Oil to richen the finish. Now for those who haven’t used tung oil before, you can use it over stained or unstained wood to give a hand-rubbed finish. Similar to polyurethane, but it soaks into the wood more instead of sitting on top of the wood like poly does.
In this case, the frame was so old and dry that it needed something to brighten it up and give it a slightly protective surface, so I put one coat of tung oil on it. More than one coat would have given it a shinier finish, but that’s not the look I was going for.
Then I went to Home Depot and bought a thin piece of wood and their highly trained saw guy cut it to the dimensions of the frame. It really was easier than cutting it myself at home and no thumbs were lost in the process.
I also bought a can of Rust-Oleum’s Chalkboard Paint from them and sprayed a few light coats onto the board.
Right now it’s in my hallway that goes out to the garage so I can write grocery notes on it, but I think I will move it to my office when I get a chance to redecorate up there.
I know that this sort of project has been done in blogland before, but it was my first time at trying it and I am sort of impressed with how easy it was. I see a whole slew of chalkboard paint projects on the horizon now.