Message Board/Picture Frame

Hi Little Katy Bug Followers and guests!!!

Yesterday was an exciting day! Katy and I got to do a craft …… TOGETHER!!! Although Arizona is still under a Stay-At-Home Order for most things, and is highly recommending social distancing where possible, which Katy and I fully support, I had to go and pick up some things from her as she is moving to another state. I’ll miss her being so close, but Little Katy Bugs will still go on!! We took the opportunity to show you all how fun it can be to craft with others. (We love it!) Maybe it can inspire you to create with someone you’re staying home with. ❤

The craft we did together was a sort of combination craft of others that we had done, but it was nice to see our techniques used together. I had gotten some message boards from Michael’s (see here) and then we painted with chalk paint and wood tint. Check it out!


  • Wood plaque/message board/picture frame or anything wood really that can take a coat of chalk paint can be done in this technique (For this message board we moved the clip up to paint under it)
  • Chalk Paint (We used a few different colors)
    • Waverly Chalk
      • Mineral
      • Cashew
    • Home Decor Chalk
      • 6358-Parisian Gray
      • 5936-White Adirondack
  • Home Decor Wood Tint in Walnut (34854)
  • Paint Brushes (we used a sponge for the base coats and painters bristle brushes for wood tint)
  • Small wood block for top coat of chalk application for antiquing
  • Surface to poor a small amount of paint onto. (Cardboard, paper plate ect.)
  • Safe place to paint 🙂


  1. In your safe space to paint, start by applying a thinner base coat of chalk paint. In this instance since the wood was cut to look like planks of wood fencing, we staggered the base paint of the chalk to make it look even more weathered. (Please see the video… we did it 2 different ways)
  2. On top of that once it was almost all the way dry, and when working with chalk paint that’s pretty fast… you apply a mixture of the wood tint and water in equal parts. It goes a really really long way, so you only need the smallest amount for this project. ***Hint: Always apply antiquing tint from the outside of your project across. It helps draw your eye to the center and looks more authentic.
  3. After that dries slightly, just enough for no sheen, again it will happen very quickly, you can apply the wood block antiquing technique that we went over in another post as well. Here all you do is dab a small amount of the white chalk paint onto your small wood block and then, again going from the outside in, run the wood block along your wood pieces. ***Commit to it. Don’t worry about how it looks as you’re doing it. Feel free to look after each time across, but don’t over think it. The more random it is, the more authentic it looks. Nothing is weathered in nature in a symmetrical way.
  4. When you are done and it’s dry, you will need to turn your clip down and then paint the very top of it where the clip was covered when turned in the same technique.

Enjoy your awesome piece of farmhouse charm!!! Until next time, go create something you love! 🙂

Published by Donna Beth Feagins

I am a mom of 2, wife, and am always looking to create something myself instead of buying it. I met Katy from Little Katy Bugs after becoming a mom, and we both love to craft, both have active families, and a tactful way of telling others what we truly think. I LOVE THAT!!! Art is subjective and so is crafting. So, you may not love everything we make or do, but our goal is to inspire you to create yourself and make things that you will LOVE! We do still sell some of our crafts on the site, at craft fairs, and Katy now participates in a booth store front. Check out our Facebook page for more on the booth. Sometimes we just need inspiration and camaraderie. I hope we can help provide those things to you. Sincerely Donna Beth, a Co-Blogger of

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