June 20, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Home décor doesn’t need to cost a fortune. In fact, there are many great ways of repurposing dated or unwanted decorative items that otherwise might end up in a landfill, and quite often, they’re inexpensive projects to boot! And just think what great conversation pieces they’ll make!

Make Your Own Metal-Frame Chalkboard:

  • Take a decorative metal-frame mirror (I found mine at Goodwill) and tape off the mirror with painting tape. Then rough up the frame surface using fine sandpaper.
  • Paint the metal frame with paint designed specifically for metal surfaces. (I used a fun Krylon Ivy Leaf paint to add a pop of color.)
  • Once completely dry, tape off the painted metal frame to expose only the mirror. Apply black chalkboard spray paint to the mirror, giving it several coats and letting each dry thoroughly in between. Remove painting tape from frame.
  • Display your new, fun chalkboard with colored chalk on a table-top stand or hang in your kitchen, office, or anywhere you want to add a little creative touch!

Another tip: Take a group of miscellaneous decorative frames and paint them a uniform color (I used a metallic charcoal paint made for wood surfaces), then display as a collection with all your favorite family photos.

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