Sunday, May 6, 2012

Message Board

It's nothing that hasn't been done already, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.

I had an old window frame and decided to do the "chalkboard thing" with it.  I didn't make it for myself, but for a craft show that my sister, Jill, convinced me to do.  It's not until November, but it's four days long so that means I need alot of stuff!  This is one project that I will be selling.

So, back  to the's what I started with...

I sanded the window frame and then applied a couple of coats of creamy white paint.  I sanded it again to expose some of the old paint and wood and then applied a dark walnut stain to the top to give it a warm, aged appearance.  I measured the two window inserts and cut my 1/4" mdf to fit.  I gave the boards three coats of chalk paint by Decoart, letting each coat completely dry.

I secured the chalkboard inserts into the back of the window frame.

I then decided to cut the letters to spell "Messages" out of the same 1/4" mdf.

I just used my computer to print the letters and then traced them onto the board.  I cut the letters out on my scrollsaw, gave them a light sanding to remove any rough edges and then stained them with a dark walnut stain.  I used hot glue to secure them to the window frame.  I then secured a self-levelling hanger to the back for hanging.

One project finished...I have alot of work ahead of me!!  Thank you for stopping by...hope you have a great week!



  1. I have a window just like this waiting for a project -- this might be it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love it! Especially the letters! I need to get brave and use my Rockwell saw and get some letters made. =)

  3. So cute, Im so impressed, you cut the letters yourself? Fantasic job! I'm now a follower.

  4. What a great project. I have a window in the shed that looks like that but the glass is still in tact. I wonder if I can paint on the glass???
    Came over from Boogie Board Cottage

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  6. I just found your blog today... and I'm loving all your projects...
    Um, I found you on pinterest, not you, but one of your tutorials...the freezer paper transfer. reading your blog. Pat