Vintage Floral Frame Chalkboard Makeover

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paris lately so John and I watched the movie Midnight In Paris on the weekend. I’m not sure how many times we’ve watched this movie (our favourite by the way), but hey… who’s counting? Not us apparently.

I’m not usually someone who watches movies more than once… except for some oldie favourites, but when it comes to Paris I make an exception. Audrey Hepburn is quoted to have said… “Paris is always a good idea”. And she was sooo right!

Someday I’ll get back there, but until then I’ll happily wander the streets of the 1920’s with the characters of Midnight in Paris.

Floral Frame Makeover into Chalkboard

I found this vintage metal framed mirror at a garage sale and fell head over heels in love with it. I couldn’t believe someone was getting right of it. I snapped it up before I realized that it had a concave mirror aka funhouse-like mirror.

Floral Frame Makeover into Chalkboard

I removed the mirror (I’ll find another use for it later) and the piece of masonite board behind it, gave the frame a good cleaning and…

Floral Frame Makeover into Chalkboard

spray painted the frame with a lovely white paint and primer combo. Then I re-used the masonite backer board and sprayed it with chalkboard paint. Both the frame and the chalkboard took a few light coats, with a few minutes of dry time in between.

Floral Frame Makeover into Chalkboard

Don’t I have beautiful chalkmanship? OK, I have to fess up… I got a little help from Picasa… my own attempt looked quite terrible and I thought Audrey deserved better.

I really love the finished look. Now I just have to decide if I’m going to keep it or sell it.

Thanks so much for reading!



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  1. How adorable! I think a lot of people would want to buy this! Paris themes seem to be one of the rages right now. Your framed chalkboard is very "IN" and trendy! Btw, you can give us a tute on how you used Picasa for the chalk lettering! I'd love to know!

  2. I was silently praising the way the quote fit so perfectly on the chalkboard and then I found out your secret. Don't worry it is safe with me. I love that frame and it looks great in white. It looks vintage.

  3. What a great find and of course with your magic touch, it turned out beautiful!

  4. You have no idea how badly I want that Tuula – absolutely no IDEA –
    I'd give anything……………..

  5. This looks sooo great. Love how it turned out.

    Have a great day

  6. Looks fabulous Tuula! I stink at printing and long for a Silhouette so I can make cute signs! I hope you're keeping that because it's such a cool frame!

  7. I had to make sure I was in the right place. I didn't think you owned white spray paint :). I have a confession, I've never watched Midnight in Paris but now I want to. I absolutely love this project. I dream of going to Paris…one day! How wonderful you've been and you continue to dream of going back. What a wonderful reminder of the movie and your own memories.

  8. bahaha you writing is beautiful.

    Tuula I love the simplicity of this the beautiful frame is just amazing, I need to go thrifting with you 🙂

  9. Tuula,
    The best things seem to come from simple transformations. If only I had your talent always to see the swan inside the ugly duckling!

    By the way, I love writing your name…Tuula.


  10. Tuula, I love this!!! It looks fabulous. The quote is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I just featured it at Pick of the Bunch. I also pinned and tweeted. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  11. I would love to know your secret in getting the professional look of your text!! Thank you!! Penny

    1. Hi Penny. I had a little help from my friend called Picasa. lol. The chalkboard is actually blank, and the text is done on the photo in Picasa because my chalkmanship is terrible. I couldn't do anything less to an Audrey quote. Thanks so much for stopping by.