Verdigris Magnetic Chalkboard and Instagram Gallery {Tutorial}

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.
*Fair warning. There will be lots of pictures, but this is two tutorials packed into one bite-sized post.* I lead a sheltered life, so it was just recently that I jumped on the thrift store bandwagon. I just have to be careful which days I go because of one frequent shopper that I’ve nicknamed The Shopping Cart Lady. Note to self: Shopping carts in the Goodwill are not for items that the employees are getting ready to stock. They are for power shoppers. Do not touch these items or you may get yelled at in the middle of the store. I almost cried.
A few months ago, I found a white picture frame that was just that…a frame. It was glass-less and picture-less. But, it was the perfect size for the space below the shelves where we have our drop station in the kitchen. Shortly after that, I found a Pinterest image that was linked to a Instagallery that Dawn from Home Sweet Home had made.
Chalkboard? Magnetic? An Instagram gallery that you can change out on a whim? I’m in. I needed some color in that spot of the kitchen so I decided to use the tutorial on how to do a faux copper verdigris finish by Shelly from Gingersnap Creations for the frame.This a ceiling tile that I tried her technique on that I have not gotten around to framing.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

Here’s how I made the magnetic chalkboard and applied the same faux verdigris method to the picture frame that I found for $1.00 in the Goodwill store.
I cut the sheet metal with a pair of Pampered Chef’s Professional Shears. Make sure you wear gloves because the metal is sharp.
First I had to spray paint the piece of sheet metal and the frame.

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

1. Gray Primer, 2. Dual Paint and Primer in Flat Black, 3. Fusion Hammered Copper

To turn the sheet metal into chalkboard, I used Krylon’s Dual Paint and Primer in Flat Black. Before painting it, I lightly sanded and cleaned the surface. I gave it 3 light coats of the black paint.
For the frame, I primed it with gray primer and then gave it two light coats of Krylon’s Fusion Hammered Finish in Copper. I let this dry for 30 minutes.
This picture was taken after 2 coats.

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

To give the frame a verdigris finish, I used similar paint colors to what Shelly used in her tutorial.

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

1. Burnt Umber, 2. Metallic Peridot, 3. Pool Blue, 4. Antique White

I randomly dabbed on the green and blue.

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

Dab and swirl the paint into the detail of the frame allowing some of the copper paint to show through. It’s ok at this point for the paint to have brush marks.

Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

Blend a dot of the antique white into the blue paint and lightly dab it on to give the paint a speckled appearance. Your brush should almost be dry. I also used a sea sponge at this point.

The last step is to use your finger to rub off some of the paint on the detail of the frame so the copper paint will show through. I also added a little burnt umber to the corners to resemble the rust from the inspiration photo. I put staples in the back of the frame and bent them over to hold in the sheet metal.
Be sure to rub chalk over the painted sheet metal before you use the chalkboard or you will have a hard time getting the writing off.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.
The magnetic chalkboard is being used as an Instagram Gallery, but I also plan on using it to hold Christmas cards. For when we have company, I can use it to write out the menu.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.
I lucked up and found photo paper at the dollar store. To print the Instagram photos, email the photos to yourself and save them to your desktop.
Upload them to Picmonkey and make a collage. I had to print out my photos on plain paper first so I could make sure the size of the photos were correct.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.
If anyone needs more detail on how to print out your own Instagram photos from Picmonkey, leave me a comment and I will give you more details.
Today marks Simplicity In The South’s two month old birthday! Much thanks goes out to all of my new followers and those that have been here from the beginning! You help me stay accountable and keep the momentum going.
I also want to thank Power of Paint for sharing my Mercury Pendant Light with her readers yesterday.
Tutorial on how to make a faux verdigris framed magnetic chalkboard and Instagram gallery.

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  1. So pretty – and what a perfect spot for it. Thanks so much for joining our link party. Take care, Laura

  2. This turned out fabulous, Tricia! I see that the flat black paint worked for you, too. 😉

  3. Wow, another beautiful faux finish! I’m hooked on your blog already 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Tricia~ I love this project! Thanks for sharing. Thought about you this weekend while we spent all day Saturday in your area for soccer! Have a happy week 🙂

  5. Fabulous project and excellent tutorial! Love how it turned out … and thanks so much for sharing this inspiration at our spray paint link party!



  6. Haha…I would totally think a cart in Goodwill was the employees re-stocking! Too funny.

  7. Hi Tricia, I found you from Thistlewood Farm, I love your framed chalkboard project. May I ask where you got those wonderful white shelves? Also I’m your newest follower!!

  8. Hey, Theresa! I actually made these shelves myself after I fell in love with the cafe shelves in Ballard Designs. If you’d like, I can do a quick post on how they’re made. I think the total cost came to $25 per shelf because of the cost of the brackets. Glad you like them! It was my first project building something with wood.

  9. I love the way your photos look! I’m adding this to my list of winter break to-do items 🙂

    Thanks for the link, as well!
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  10. I realize that I’m commenting on an old post, but I would love to know where you got the white drawers that are on the shelf. I have been looking for something similar and have had no success! I just recently found your lovely blog 🙂

    • The white box with the drawers is the Mackis drawer unit from Ikea that I spray painted white. Unfortunately, they are no longer available, not even on Ebay. Sorry!

      • Thanks so much for the info. It seems that Ikea has eliminated all the styles of wood drawer boxes they used to have.

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