Create a vintage chalkboard in 3 easy steps

Transform a flea-market frame — and bring the flair of a Parisian café home — in as little as 10 minutes.

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Now is a great time to hit up your local vintage store or garage sale for interesting picture frames, or dust off the one sitting unused in your basement — even if they’re in less-than-perfect condition. A quick trip to the hardware store and a few coats of paint are all it takes to turn your find into a helpful addition for your kitchen, office or mud room.

1. Prep: Bring the empty frame to the lumberyard or hardware store and have a single piece of 1/4-inch MDF (medium-density fibreboard) cut to fit. Most stores will custom cut a sheet for free.

2. Roll: Prime the board and let dry, then paint it with chalkboard paint. Put the board aside to dry and move on to the frame. Shortcut: Pour the paint directly on the MDF surface so you don’t dirty a tray, and pitch the roller when you’re done.

3. Spray: Place the frame in a well-ventilated area and spray away: it may take two or three coats.

Pop the board back into the frame, secure it with a few finishing nails and you’re done!

Get the look: Distressed-wood table, Homesense.ca. 365+ bowls, plates and Data cutlery, Ikea.ca. Frostine paint, Benjaminemoore.ca.