So I found this picture at Marshall's on Clearance a few years ago for $2.00. It depicted 3 French-looking chefs holding a variety of foods and the image was mounted on a black and white checkerboard background. It was an odd little picture, but it actually worked really well in our old black and white kitchen. When we moved into our new house, we now had a grapevine kitchen and the picture no longer fit, so I tossed it in the To-Be-Donated box and forgot about it. Fast-forward to a few months later, when I realized that I really, really wanted a chalkboard in the kitchen to list daily reminders for the kids. I decided to make my own and packed up the car to drop some stuff at the Goodwill before shopping there for a suitable frame that I could repurpose into said chalkboard. And there it was in my box - the weird French chefs. SCORE! It was just the right size and shape to become a chalkboard.
I painted over the chefs with gray Martha Stewart chalkboard paint from Michael's (coupon!). Once that was done (3 coats), I painted the background with a little of our leftover green living room paint and then glossed it up with some antique bronze glaze. Not bad for free!