August 16, 2011

Pottery Barn Style Wedding Chalkboards

I have some friends getting married soon who are doing a vintage-themed wedding and presented me with the request to make "bride and groom" chalkboards, along with a photo from a Pottery Barn calalog showing theirs, to hang on their chairs for their wedding--distressed style, of course! They were fun and simple to do, here's how I did it:

-First, I started with plain wooden photo frames- one was black, one was white. I removed the glass and spray painted it with chalkboard paint, and allowed to dry. (30 min. minimum)
-Then, I painted the white frame with dark brown acrylic craft paint and let dry. Then I painted both with white latex satin paint as the top coat and allowed those to dry.

-After the frames were dry, I took medium grade sand paper and lightly distressed the edges and grooves. I added dark brown paint to the raised areas that would naturally distress to add more detail. I made the "groom" frame more rugged and masculine and the "bride" frame more elegant and feminine.

-The finishing touch was adding ribbon to the cardboard back so that the glass would sit on top of it, sandwiching the ribbon into the frame to make it more secure, and gluing with a low temp glue gun.

Gladly, Ryan and Savannah were as happy with the results as I was. Can't wait to see them displayed

on their wedding day!


  1. kristina! these are great! love them! just like i envisioned my antique (large!) picture frame OR the big mirror. now that i see how lovely the finished product looks, i want to get started on my project. what a cute idea for a wedding. i thought i should remove the glass b/c of it being breakable and replacing with a sturdier smooth surface but if it's not for kids then i guess it could work out fine. nice job! :) thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks, Cindy! I agree, a cute idea for a wedding! If you want, you could remove the glass and use the paint on the hard backing if you want it to be more durable. For this project, I couldn't because I needed to glue the ribbon to that part. Have fun with your project too-can't wait to see how it turns out! Glad you feel inspired now!

  3. Thank you! I They were really fun to make and surprise the bride with!

  4. I love these! I will be showing them to a friend who's about to tie the know. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm a new follower.

    Rosie x

  5. This is so totally awesome! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too! ;)
    Ooooh! AND, I'm your newest follower!

  6. I have just discovered blackboard paint, (I know, where have I been!!!) I am planning a tutorial doing a similar thing - but yours is a fab idea especially for a wedding! I am your newest follower btw! Found you via Too Cute Tuesday linky. x


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