Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Framed Chalkboard

I gave the popular blogland framed chalkboard a try today.  I bought some chalkboard paint and used a thrift store frame I found for a couple bucks.

Here's the before picture of the frame:

While it's a very nice painting of the ocean beating against the rocks, and framed in gold, I couldn't help thinking it looked like it was layered in old cigar film more than gold (Not to mention, thought a very precious metal.. I am NOT thrilled with anything gold.. LOL)
I looked beyond that and loved the frame carvings instead.

I used the back of the picture itself to paint on the chalkboard paint.
For the frame I brush painted it white, then a cream color paint, then added some dark stain in the crevices and crannies.. wiped down the excess and dry brushed with white paint on top of that.

Yeah, there are quite a few layers going on... but, look how it turned out!

I looped some faded green ribbon through the holes at the top of the frame,
and to that tied a peice of chalk.

From that to this:

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  1. Looks very nice! I like the way you thought to add a piece of ribbon holding the chalk. Very convenient!

  2. That is just so cute and I love how you tied the chalk on!!

  3. LOVE the ribbon with the chalk...nice touch!

  4. Thanks everyone!

    The ribbon and chalk idea came from Carol at http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/ The Polka Dot Closet. She's so creative, and even adds a little eraser to hers. Thanks for the inspiration, Carol ;-)

  5. This is gorgeous! I love turning thrifted items into beauties like this. Very inspiring; thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks Gin. Yep, me too. Love being in the thrift stores looking at something I would never buy the way it is, and trying to imagine what it could be. Then, taking it home and putting it all together. Soooo much fun!!

  7. Love your chalkboard! Sweet blog too. I'm here from Kim's party and I'm your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime.

  8. Great idea!!! Celeste, victoriantailor.com

  9. LOVE IT!!!!! :O)

    Susan @ http://journalingmywaythrough2010.blogspot.com/

  10. Oooh that is awesome! I too have recently been playing with Chalk Board paint! So much fun! I am your newest follower!

    Happy WW,

  11. Well done and the white is so much better and brighter!

  12. Nice to meet some new friends!! Thanks for following and for the sweet compliments! :)


  13. thanks for the comments, I am glad I made you laugh. Your chalkboard came out wonderfully. I love it. I especially liked how you tied the chalk to the frame. nice added bonus.
    take care

  14. Hey Sherry,
    Just wanted to let you know that Shelley is having the 'central fla blogger' luncheon next Tuesday. She is also having a home sale this Saturday. If you will send me your email, I will forward the information to you!


    Hope you can make it,

  15. Super cute piece!!! A great idea for gifts too!

  16. That is really awesome! Love it.

  17. Yea! blogger is back! I lost my last post and comments, but was able to repost. Great eye on the perfect frame for your chalkboard, I love when I can use the back of the picture as the chalkboard.


  18. Man o man, Carol.. you aren't kidding!! So glad blogger is back up.. sheesh!

    Hope you didn't lose anything on your blog? I was worried for awhile last night, the post I made just before blogger went down was gone forever.. but, I see it now.

    Hope you're having a Happy Friday the 13th!! ;-)

  19. How absolutely charming! I am so glad blogger is back up too! Feathered Nest Friday is up and running right now- but quite late this week!

  20. Thanks for letting me know, Courtney :)

  21. I love chalkboards and yours is adorable! The way you tied the chalk on with ribbon is too cute!

  22. Hi Tammy :) Thanks so much!!

    Hope you have a great Sunday!


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