DIY Photo “Clothesline” Display

I need to stick a DIY project up on the blog because all these yummy recipes I’ve been posting are doing a number on my waistline! #worthit  This DIY Photo Clothesline Display can easily be done in an afternoon, and it’s so simple to get a really cute finished project in just a few steps. And the only reason why it even takes that long is because you have to wait a couple hours for the paint to dry before sanding to distress it.

I orignially stained this frame and had it up on my wall as you can see in the picture above, but I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I wanted to. I knew some white chalk paint and distressing would make me love it. (Thanks, Joanna Gaines. I heart you!)

Here’s what you need:

  • stained or natural wood empty picture frame in a size you like (empty, meaning no glass/backing)
  • twine or hemp
  • small eye screws
  • scissors
  • chalk paint in white color
  • paint brush
  • fine grit sandpaper (I used 220)
  • mini clothespins or cute paper clips


  1. paint frame with chalkboard paint (two coats)
  2. wait two hours for paint to cure
  3. sand to your liking to get the distressed look
  4. figure out how many “clotheslines” you want and how far apart you want them to be; mark on the inside of the frame with a pencil
  5. screw in the eye screws where you made the marks for your clothes lines
  6. tie hemp or twine from one eye screw to another
  7. hang your picture frame on the wall and decorate it with photos, cards, or drawings!

From this: (covered in Christmas cards and sunglasses)

To this!!!!!!

This was my first time using chalk paint to distress anything and I have to say it was a dream to work with. I didn’t have to break a sweat just to sand through the layers of paint and the finish was silky smooth when I was done!

love & cupcakes,


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