Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dear Lillie Chalkboard Print, Frame Tutorial, and Popsicle Recipe

Hello there! Today I'm back to show you the chalkboard print I ordered from Dear Lillie. I took advantage of their Memorial Day sale to get this one I've had my eye on...

I love it! We also made this frame for it and I'll show you how we did that at the end of the post. 

Just look at the pretty packaging it came in! I love that extra touch. :)

Here's a close up of the frame. 

wood frame tutorial

chalkboard print

Here's a couple of "before" pics of the plates we used to have in this spot...

The colors just didn't go very well in here anymore. I'm slowly rotating out some of my "Tuscan" decor. :) 

And here are a few more "afters" with the new chalkboard print...

I definitely like this look a lot better. :)

Okay, so here's how we made the frame. First I bought some foam board and cut it a tad larger than the print. Then I put a teeny tiny amount of spray adhesive on each corner of the foam board and attached the chalkboard print. 

Here's what it looked like when I was done with that. 

Then my hubby put this frame together. (he just cut the wood, used some wood glue on the corners and nailed it together)

Next, we needed a thin piece of wood to form the "ledge" the print would sit on inside the frame. These yard sticks were the perfect thickness and were much cheaper than buying another piece of wood. :) You can also see the wood glue he used in this pic along with the nailer he used to nail the frame together. 

Here's a closer look at the yard stick after he attached it to the frame. See how it's going to make a little ledge for the print?

Next, he used these staples that can be bent to hold the print in place. 

He just nailed them in at different intervals around the frame. 

This is the stain I used. Love this color! I also discovered I love to stain stuff!

This is the hanger he used. 

Here's a pic after we put the print in the frame and bent down the staples to secure it. 

Here's what the back of the frame looked like when we were done. 

Here's a closer look at the hanger and the staples bent down to hold the print in place. 

And one more look at the finished product...

And that's pretty much it! I wanted a big chunky frame and it was much cheaper to make this one rather than buying one. It seems like frames have gotten really expensive lately. 

Now, for the popsicle recipe. Here's a pic of the ones we made recently...

strawberry popsicle recipe

They were the best strawberry popsicles and you can find the recipe we used HERE. There's only 3 ingredients and it's super easy. 

I love strawberry season and while we were whipping up the strawberry popsicles, we also made a few of these...

And then I made these (and had them for breakfast the next day) :)

frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

I hope y'all have a good day! Oh, and GREAT news...the kitchen cabinets are finished!! They've been painted, the hardware has been installed, and the furniture "feet" have been added! I hope to have the kitchen reveal post up by Thursday or Friday. I have lots of pics to take and edit, so hopefully I can get it done in time. :) 


I'm joining this party: Joy In Our Home


  1. Its wonderful and the perfect accent to your dining area to. Hugs

  2. I LOVE this and I adore Jen from dearlillie!!!! So cute and it looks beautiful! So much nicer seeing a message that is uplifting in your space.. Thanks so much for going out of your way to message me today! You're a doll. xoxo

    1. Thanks, Kristy! I love everything Jen does. :) Thank you for stopping by and congrats again on your blog! Looking forward to all your future posts!

  3. I am in LOVE! I love the frame and the print. Not to mention "Wizard of Oz" is my all time favorite movie!!! It looks BEAUTIFUL where you have it hanging. Your husband did such a great job making that frame :-)

    Hope your Wednesday is going lovely!


    1. Thank you, Sherri!! I love that quote too. Great movie! I like the print so much better than the plates that were there. :) Hope you're having a nice evening!

  4. Wow!! Love the print but I'm very impressed with making the frame!! I love the stain you chose!!

  5. What a cute picture! The frame that your husband made for it is perfect. Looks really good in your kitchen.

  6. It looks great and is just perfect for that spot! Your husband did a great job on the frame too!

  7. The new print looks great in your breakfast room! I love the chunky wood frame!!

  8. I really like your chalkboard print and frame. I think it is so great that you and your husband did it together. You are both very talented. Your food looks so yummy. I would like to make the strawberry popsicles soon. I do not know how to stain wood. Do you think sometime you could do a post on how to stain wood? I know you have been very busy with your kitchen cabinet makeover so I hope you get to relax this weekend. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

    1. Thanks, Kim! Staining the wood was so much easier than I just basically put some stain on a rag, rub it into the wood and let it sit for just a bit. I think I let mine sit for about 30 seconds. Then you just kind of rub off the excess with the same rag. The next time I stain something, I'll take pics and do a tutorial. You really can't mess it up. :)

    2. Thanks so much for explaining it to me. I love how you decorate your home. Have a Great Weekend.

  9. Whew- I tried to leave comments twice today and they both disappeared...fingers crossed this time. I love your chalkboard print and that chunky frame is just perfect for it. Those popsicles look SO good!
    Can't wait to see your whole kitchen, Lisa! xo Diana

  10. Love the print! And the frame is beautiful! It is in the perfect spot. Looks beautiful in your kitchen!

  11. I love the print and your husband's frame is gorgeous and makes it stand out even more.

  12. I've always wanted to get one of those chalkboard prints, and you picked the perfect one for your breakfast area Lisa!

  13. You and hubby are whizzes at making frames!! My gosh, you can make all sorts of cool frames. I know a girl who makes these and white washes them and sells them for hundreds!! Love the quote, I know all the words to that song! :)

    Have to try the pops and've made me hungry!! ;-)


  14. Such cute chalk art! I just adore Dear Lillie's blog -- she always has so many cute ideas and sweet products for sale.

  15. The frame is beautiful Lisa! Please share any of these fabulous projects at our party tomorrow! Can't believe I hadn't made it over to your blog before! Your home is so lovely, Lisa! I enjoy following you on Instagram but I think I'll become a regular here now ;)
    Kendra @

    1. Thanks so much, Kendra! I really appreciate your sweet words! I'll be sure to stop by your blog to join your party today. :)


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