As you may know by now, I have a love for vintage things. Furniture and accessories, mostly. But most recently I’ve been digging old green chalkboards. You remember? The ones that used to be in every elementary school across America?! Black chalkboards are so popular right now, people are making them out of everything! But that old, green color just has a sense of nostalgia to it. When I was sitting in my living room one day I decided I needed some of these green chalkboards in my life. But it would probably be pretty difficult to find them, right? No problem…I’ll just make them! So, I got out a bunch of frames that I could use in my new chalkboard gallery wall and set them aside. Then I picked out a few colors out of my Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint stash and started concocting until I found the perfect combo. I searched Pinterest for a few examples of what I was trying to create and then started mixing. I used Boxwood as a base and then added different blues until I found what worked. It’s kind of hard to see the actual colors, but the winner was the far right – 3 parts Boxwood to 2 parts Artissimo. Once I got the color down, it was time to cut the boards. My hubby helped with measuring and cutting the boards to fit inside the frames. Then I got the bright idea that maybe some of the chalkboards should be magnetic. You know, “just in case” I ever want to magnet-ize something up there! So, back to measuring and cutting. We only had enough sheet metal for about half of the chalkboards, so not all of them are magnetic. After cutting the metal, my hubby used contact cement to adhere the pieces to the wood cutouts. When everything was dry, it was time to paint! I painted the boards without metal first. Then I added bonding agent to the paint and painted the metal. The bonding agent helps the milk paint adhere to the metal. While milk paint adheres great to porous surfaces (like wood), it needs a little help sticking to things like glass and metal. A little bonding agent and you’re good to go! The first coat or two looked a little off, but I kept going (and sanded between each coat) and by the third coat, you couldn’t tell the difference between the metal boards and the wood ones. You don’t have to seal these with anything like you would with furniture. Just paint and go! * I should add … since the paint is not sealed when used as a chalkboard, using anything wet on them will most likely take some of the paint off. Only use real chalk (no chalk markers on these boards) and wipe old designs off with a dry paper towel for best results. Before sticking a bunch of nail holes in my wall, I thought I’d try the gift wrap trick. I traced all my frames on some leftover gift wrap I had, cut them out, and taped them on the wall. I moved them around until I got them where I wanted them. Then all I had to do was put a nail near the top middle of each one, pull the paper off, and hang up the frames! Finally, once the boards were all in their frames and hung up, I stuck a little bit of wall putty on the corner of each frame to keep them from moving. Worst part of a gallery wall is when the frames are all cockeyed! And after all that … it’s done! This was a several day project, but it was worth it in the end! I really like how the frames are all different shapes and sizes. It gives it a more collected, vintage look. Like they really could be chalkboards that I’ve found over time! And I had to throw in this random picture of my vintage perpetual calendar I found at the flea market a few weeks ago. Isn’t it the cutest? I’ve loved these calendars for a while now, so when I saw it, I knew I had to have it! So, what do you think? Do you like the green chalkboards or do you prefer black? See how I transformed these chalkboards for the 4th of July – here!