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Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame

by Amy Bowerman

Hi guys!  It’s official I have been bitten by the love bug…the love for all things chalkboard that is.  Today I’m sharing a Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame tutorial complete with some LOVE-ly Valentine’s Day Chalk art!

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I happened upon this technique today during studio cleanup (I’m on day 4).  Clearly I keep getting distracted by the cool stuff I’m finding, like this frame.  I snagged this frame at a yard sale for a buck  a few summers ago (I know I’m a craft hoarder…but see there IS a method to my madness!)  It was covered with buttons and gunked up with old yellowed glue but that’s nothing a little Distress Stain can’t fix!

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STEP 1:  Give frame a light sanding and cover  frame with Distress Stain (I used Fired Brick)

*If you are using a fresh frame you may want to throw on a coat of Distress Stain in a brown shade first.

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STEP 2:  Use a flat tip Water Brush to add  grey/green Distress Stain to random areas (I used Iced Spruce).  Apply Distress Stain directly to craft sheet.

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*TIP* Use a fine  detail  water brush to add Distress Stain to nooks, crannies and hard to reach areas.

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STEP 3:  Use a wood grain or Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil  with Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink  on random areas to create the look of weathered wood.

Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame | Pluckingdaisies.com

In hindsight probably should have been a little more generous with the sand paper but ah well…we can cover up those old glue spots with some lace!

Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame | Pluckingdaisies.com

The Faux Chalkboard art  was inspired by Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 February Technique.  Stop by Tim’s Blog to learn this fun faux chalkboard technique.

*TIP*  Use Ranger Perfect Pens with Tim’s Faux Chalk Technique to free hand outlines or  your own doodles.

Instead of a tag I used Eileen Hull’s Heart Bag Sizzix Die to cut a big heart out of Matboard.  The technique I used to color and stencil my heart is also from Tim’s February Tag.

The Swirly heart in the center is Eileen Hull’s Heart and Label set from Sizzix.  I “Put a little love” in my heart by twisting wire over my own handwritten love note.

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This is NOT a no frills project by any means.  A Valentines Day Faux Chalkboard sign needs lace, and lace it shall have!  I think the lace trim really ties everything together don’t you?

It’s like the Dude’s rug in the Big Lebowski.  “But like, that’s just my opinion man.”

Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard Frame | Pluckingdaisies.com

Does this Faux Barn Wood Chalkboard frame “Put a little love”  in YOUR heart and make you want to create a Valentines Day inspired something ?  I sure hope so :)

Have a LOVE-ly day!

Amy*

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1 Buttons February 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I’m glad you didn’t remove all of the button glue from the frame as it really adds to that vintage feel and works with the chalkboard look. Love the way you’ve upcycled this Amy. Jenny x
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2 Helen February 6, 2014 at 4:43 am

I love your interpretation of this challenge Amy. Love your flowery glue gun too!!!
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3 Audrey Pettit February 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

Awesome! I LOVE it, Amy! Fabulous transformation of that old frame, my friend! Now I need some Distress Stains! Love your chalkboard centerpiece, too. Great use of Eileen’s die. Totally love how you used your own love note and wire to make the sentiment. Totally awesome!
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4 Claudine Criner February 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

Very nice Amy! I love that you used an old frame from a yard sale. How fun that you are finding lots of cool things to alter and craft with while you clean up your craft room. It’s like Christmas! :)
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5 Amy Bowerman February 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

It is indeed Claudine! However it does slow the organizing process when I keep getting distracted by all the collected treasure I’m finding :) #CraftGirlProblems

Amy*

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6 Anita Houston February 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

LOVE the frame! Very cool, especially adding the stencil!
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7 Amy Bowerman February 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

Thanks girlfriend! It’s amazing the things you can find during a full blown studio purge :)

Amy*

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8 stamping sue February 4, 2014 at 6:37 am

Amy I love the way you pick up dollar store things or yard sale items and make them into art! thanks for sharing
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9 Amy Bowerman February 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

Thanks Sue! I so miss my thrift store adventures. I’ve had to stay away from the craft store and thrift stores and just use all the stuff I have squirreled away. Studio cleanup has been extremely beneficial for project inspiration and I’m exercising the “if you take it out put it back as soon as your done rule”

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10 Anne Rx February 4, 2014 at 5:50 am

Hi Amy, it certainly has inspired me to make something for Valentine’s Day, I love how you created the faux wood grain and the lace is a fantastic addition! Anne xx
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11 Amy Bowerman February 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

Anne I can’t wait to see your Valentines Day creation I just know it will be LOVE-ly!

Amy*

PS Found the lace during studio cleanup too. Who knew I had a big ol’ bag of vintage lace and trims stashed away :)

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