I really love it when I find one that has developed pretty darkened patina, as this one has. I don’t mess with those – I use them as they are. Occasionally though, you find a nice old clipboard at a thrift store or yard sale, but it’s been doodled on by a student. In cases like that, I paint them. They can still have a vintage look when you distress and wax them, and can match any decor.
I used a piece of wire to wire the clip into the open position to brush paint the board first. After it dried, I taped all the way around the clip, totally covering the board, before spray painting the clip. Once it dried, I distress the board and the clip, then waxed the board to protect it.
How to Paint a Clipboard
It only took about 10 minutes to finish (not including drying time), but I love the totally new look it has and it’s much quicker to switch out photos on than a regular photo frame is.
Wouldn’t a grouping of these on a wall look wonderful?
You can customize the any color to suit your decor as well.
To make your own, here’s a great price on a 6-pack of clipboards (affiliate link).