About a year later (yes, we kept it up there because I just had 2 babies 18 months apart and decorating was the furthest thing from my mind!) I was feeding one of the littles and it came to me that I might be able to turn it into a fun chalkboard. The "painting" was really a picture with some slightly textured paint thrown over the top. We already loved the chunky frame, but didn't have any gold in our home. I had big plans, but two things got in the way of it. We were still living in that tiny apartment so I had no where to set up shop and two, we found out we were possibly moving!
It wasn't until we finally got settled into our new place here in Austin that my little dream came true and I was able to start and finish a pretty big project!
All it took was...2 cans of silver spray paint (I used Krylon)
Black chalkboard paint (I used Rustoleum)
Small roller brush
I also like to hold my can upside down, with the lid still on and give it a good shake for about 2 minutes before using it. Who knows how long it's been sitting on the store shelf?
Again, follow the directions on the paint, but I just took about 3 pieces of chalk and rubbed it onto my chalkboard surface. Use the side of the chalk, not the ends. I went in a circle motion and completely covered the whole thing. I was a little sad that the crisp, clean black surface was no longer visible, but was excited to get this project done!!! After you've "cured" your surface you're ready to wipe it clean. I used a damp cloth and rubbed off the excess chalk.
I mostly use inspiration from Pinterest for my chalk art. It's fun to use it for special occasions, holidays and just every day reminders! I use regular ol' chalk, nothing fancy and it works wonderfully. When I clean it off for something new, I just use a damp cloth to wipe the surface. Every now and then, I'll give it a good wash with a wet rag.