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How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard

Hi Friends! For those of you who have been following along for a while now, you know I love a good upcycle and the project I’m sharing today is one of my favorites so far. It was one of those things where the moment you see something, you know exactly what you’re going to do with it. The “it” in this case happened to be a twin headboard I found on Craigslist. Here’s how I turned it into a unique farmhouse chalkboard.

Here she is before. Yes, that sticker says $10 🙂

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Can you see what I see? I fell in love with the shape immediately. All of those curvy lines are so pretty. I could just picture the wood a warm dark brown stain.  The first step to this upcycle was to remove the legs. We did that with the miter or chop saw.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - cut to size - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The next step was to strip it down to the bare wood. It had a really think coat of black paint.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard - applying the paint stripper - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I soon discovered it wasn’t the only layer.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - First layer of paint gone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Yup, this one was a hot mess. I scraped, stripped, and scraped some more. Finally, I got enough of it off where I was able to sand it.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - Paint removed and ready to sand - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I grabbed my trusty palm sander and got to work. The middle of the piece is particle board or something and very thin so I needed to be careful not to sand too much . I just wanted to get a smooth surface that would give the paint a smooth finish.  The wood around the frame was what I really wanted to stand out.

 

 

After sanding. Huge difference, right?

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - sanded and ready to stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It cleaned up so well! I just love the wood frame.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - ready for stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Unfortunately, as much as I hand sanded the small little lines, nooks and crannies on the frame, I just couldn’t get all of the paint out.  I knew that it would show through the stain but was hoping for the best. I wanted the color to be a rich brown so applied Minwax stain in Espresso.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - stained and ready for chalkboard paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way the little bit of leftover paint peeks through the stain.  I had hoped that the layering of the paint and stain would be pretty and make the piece look even more antiqued which I think it did. A happy accident. 🙂

I originally wanted to make a sign but couldn’t decide what I wanted it to say so I went with a farmhouse chalkboard instead. I already had the chalkboard paint plus I thought it would work really well for a cute Christmas project I’m planning. More on that later.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - chalkboard paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

It was tricky getting the chalkboard paint evenly lined up with those pretty curves in the frame. I had to use a really good angled paint brush to twist into those edges. It took some time and after 2 coats she was good to go and we hung it in our mudroom.

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Primed with chalk - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Mudroom decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Chalkboards are great for to-do lists, notes and even inspirational quotes to start your day. They are also great as backdrops for other home decor. I love this one paired with the small tobacco basket and cotton wreath.

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Layered decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Layered decor in the mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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How to make a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Chalkboards are so versatile in home decor and can be used for everyday and holidays. I hope you found some inspiration to create your own unique farmhouse chalkboard. Don’t have a bed frame? Try an old mirror, a silver tray or a uniquely shaped cutting board. Remember, make it your own!

Happy DIYing!

Col

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