When you live in a small space like
I do, it is great to have things that are
dual purposed. To help with organizing
the work space I overhauled a picture
frame into a message center and I enjoyed
this DIY project that included making a
chalk board.

It all started with a picture frame that had been passed down in the family. I measured and cut a piece
of board to fit into one half of the frame. This would be the chalkboard side. The board I used was
 leftover from the bottom of a dresser drawer and was lightweight but sturdy enough to use as a
 chalkboard. I sprayed several thin coats of Krylon chalkboard paint on the cut board, letting each 
coat dry before proceeding with the next.


The next step was to fit some foam core board for the second half of the frame.
To transform the foam board I wrapped it in batting and fabric to make a cushioned pin board.
I used a hot glue to secure the fabric and batting. I found the foam core at my local dollar store.


Once the chalkboard was finished and the cushioned pin board was done it was time
to secure them both into the frame. I used a staple gun on the back side of the frame as seen below.

Then you can clean up the back and make it look more professional by hot gluing brown paper
over the back side of the frame. Next time you're in the grocery checkout, ask for paper bags.

At this point the message center was done and usable,
but I added a couple more optional things to mine.

An overturned cup/bin pull to hold chalk and push pins
criss crossed rope with upholstery tacks

Hang it up in your work space and enjoy!


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