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Monday, October 10, 2011

ten projects in twenty days: mini chalkboard


Welcome Back!

Project Five :: Day Nine


I am love love loving chalkboards these days.

For this project, I started with a $1 frame from Goodwill.  I did not sand, but did wipe it off with a damp cloth before getting started.  Also, I didn't prime - which turned out to be a happy mistake.





I used Krylon's Catalina Mist (this is the same color I used on my lamp makeover HERE).






I think it's a little more green in real life.



So...we all know that with spray paint you're supposed to do several light layers rather than one thick layer, right?  I was carefully painting this frame layer by layer, nice and thin.  Then I got to about coat 4 or 5 and the whole thing just puckered up.  Dun dun dun dunnnnnn......



So I got out my handy palm-sander (have I mentioned how much I LOVE my palm sander?) and got to work thinking that I would sand it down and start over again.  And here's what it looked like:




Like I said...happy mistake.  I could not have gotten this awesome weathered, chippy look if I tried.  So...I gave it a little bit of brown glaze (brush on regular old brown craft paint and wipe off immediately with a paper towel) and left it alone. 


I am madly in love with this little chalkboard!


Sweet huh?



So what crafty loveliness have you created lately?



UPDATE:  I made the chalkboard from 1/4'' MDF.  I used the glass from the frame as a size guide, and sprayed it with chalkboard paint.  The directions on the can recommend that you allow the paint to cure for 24 hours.  I highly highly highly recommend 48 hours or more.  I didn't wait long enough on my big chalkboard (here) and if you look at it from the side you can still see "joy to the world" etched into the chalkboard.

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22 comments:

NYCLQ said...

Great look and idea! So versatile! Welcome Home to Welcome Fall to Happy Holidays to Hoppy Spring! enJOY!

:D Lynda

elliesbitesdecoratedcookies said...

Cute! This would look awesome in my kitchen!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I love your challenge! You're a woman on a mission. Stop by for a blog visit, I'm your newest follower.

Emmy said...

Looks so cute!! Love it! How did you get the chalk board part in? Was that chalkboard paint or an actual chalk board?

Shannon said...

I am afraid that I might be madly in love with it, too. Apologies to the hubby :)

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

I'm a new follower of your blog and would like to give you the Versatile Blogger Award. Please go to http://salvagedwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/10/id-like-to-thank.html to get the details and button for this award. Thanks!

Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

Turned out great! I love it when mistakes turn out better than the original idea! Love the color! I found you via Primitive & Proper and now your newest follower!

June@I will craft said...

Great piece - I know what you mean about happy mistakes. I sometimes try to get paint or sealer a bit thick so the paint will blister and looks like a great old, chippy finish.

Amy Kinser said...

Love it! The color is just perfection.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute, maggie! love the color!

Bonnie Inc. said...

Great job! I would feel welcome with that sign in my home too!

Courtney said...

Beautiful!! Love it when mistakes actually work!!
Great job!

Jen said...

Love the effect! What a happy accident.

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

love it...and we were on the same "chalkboard" wavelength this week cuz i just linked mine to crafty, scrappy, happy...where i spotted yours!

amy

Deborah March said...

NICELY done!!

Tammy said...

What a gorgeous mistake!!!! I don't care to use spray paint--I think it hates me :) Love your chalkboard! You did a great job. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime:)

Sharon @ mrs. hines class said...

The chalkboard looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon

Heaven's Walk said...

LUUUUV this!!! The distressing is absolute perfection! :)

xoxo laurie

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This turned out beautifully!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Sara said...

So cute! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-9.html

Karen said...

love the chippy look!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

ooohh, I like that katalina mist! How do you add a chalkboard to an old frame?

I'm following!
♥Linsey