Large ornate picture frame to chalkboard – the before

I hope you had a great weekend . I managed to get a couple of projects done around the house so I can now tick some more items off of my really long to-do list. It feels so great to get things done, doesn’t it?



I won this ornate gold framed picture at an auction last summer.  It really caught my eye because the frame is solid wood and it was in great condition.  Also, this frame is really a substantial size, measuring a whopping 31″ wide X 37″ inches tall.




My beautiful frame has sat in my basement collecting dust since last year, so I decided it was time to bring it upstairs and get started on painting it.




I just had a chance to look up the painter, Julius Friedrich. There is not much that I can find on him except this.


Source: http://www.icollector.com/Julius-Friedrich-European-Lake-Landscape-Painting_i9939003


I am not sure if the artist of my painting is the same Julius Friedrich above. I hope that it isn’t, as I have probably already ruined the canvas by removing it from the frame so that I could make the frame into a chalkboard.  :(

The oil painting just didn’t really fit in with my decor and I already had it stuck in my mind what I would do with this frame. l think we will get a lot more use out of it  as a chalkboard. I know for a fact that my kids will love it!

Hopefully the original painting is just a reproduction!




I placed this frame on top of my gray dresser just to show all of you. It really is too big for this dresser and it will most likely go on the wall so we can actually write on the chalkboard. I just need to decide where I am going to put it.

Too bad there is not much wall space in this old 70′s ranch house that we currently live in. If I can’t find a spot for it here, I will save it for our new house when we move in the next year or two.

Please stop back in a little while to see the reveal of my new chalkboard.


I hope you have a great day.







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