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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

repurposed chalkboard and thrift store lamp...

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and happy Easter and a nice week! I wanted to share my 'new' chalkboard with you. It's been up for a while, but I've been too busy to take pictures and do a post. So here we go...
Of course, I don't have a 'before' picture...or at least not a good one. But this frame was given to me by my sweet mother-in-law. It was actually a giant shadow box. In bronzes and tans and coppers and golds. And inside the box was a big scroll-y thing. I tried to save the scroll (to paint pink and put in my daughter's room) but it turned out to be hollow plastic and broke during the process.
So I painted the frame with white spray paint, and glazed it with brown acrylic craft paint. Here's the frame (I love that it's a little chippy and distressed-looking):


I knew that I wanted a chalkboard, so I bought a big piece of MDF and painted it with chalkboard paint. I bought both the roll-on kind and the spray-on kind, an wound up using the spray paint. Just seemed like it'd be easier. And it was pretty darn easy. My only advice is this: give your paint a couple of days to dry before you write on it. I didn't and I can still see the "scratches" of the first thing I wrote on the board. I plan on giving it another coat of chalkboard paint one of these days...
So here's the finished product:



The lamp is from one of my fave thrift shops. I rarely find something I like there, but when I do, it's love. I got my all-time favorite thrift store find there. You may not think it's much, but for some reason I LOVE this jar.

Here's the before...The shade was AWFUL, but I loved the shape of this lamp - and it was only about $3. Only problem was...for some reason, when you buy an appliance at a thrift store here, it will always have a sticker on it that says "this is a used appliance, lower your standards, it may not work, and you may electrocute yourself." Or something like that. And those stickers? Almost impossible to remove. And usually placed somewhere obvious, so you HAVE to remove them before you can rehab your treasure. So this lamp sat in my garage for about six months before I rolled up my sleeves, whipped out the Goo Gone and got to work.



...and here she is after. $7.99 shade from Target. I have had a heck of time finding shades that I like lately. And I'm not a make-your-own-shade kinda girl. I know people have been doing it out in blogland, but it's just not my thing. But I love this lamp now. The mercury glass vase is from my husband...my 10th Anniversary flowers came in it. 10th Anniversary is 'tin,' so the flower shop gave me the mercury glass vase. Sweet, huh?




And then look what I found in the PB catalog today...



Pretty close, huh? Except that the lamp looks to be finished in ORB. And there's that pretty seagrass-looking wallpaper...and those cute hats. Oh well. Close enough.

Thought I I'd throw in the ladder-back chair (painted black, of course) that's part of the same 'vignette.'





TTFN...have a great weekend!

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6 comments:

Trisha said...

Love it all! The lamp, chalk board & that chair!!

Stef said...

Everything looks so awesome!! I found you at the 504main link party.
Stef
itsallinmyheadstefsblog.blogspot.com

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Everything looks so nice. Love what you did with the lamp. Visiting from Under $100 linky party.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Very cute--and I recovered a chair cushion in that same fabric as your pillow there :)

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

Very, very cute - The whole vignette looks wonderful together. Great job.

Happy Memorial Day weekend :O)

Hugs,
Marie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Very cute lamp and I love your chalkboard! I have a thing for sweet old framed chalkboards! Thanks for sharing this at FNF this week- have a great weekend! :)