Friday, September 16, 2011

Destruction Before Reconstruction: Chalkboard Messenger

As I was making plans for our new master bedroom, chalkboard paint kept catching my attention.  It seems to be very popular with DIY-ers (I think I just made up a new word).  The few projects I have used chalkboard paint on, I have loved the final product.  So “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

I purchased the cheapest frame I could find at Hobby Lobby ($3) because I knew it wasn’t going to look that way for long.  I already had regular paint and chalkboard paint at home from previous projects.  Again, this is another super cheap-o project.  My favorite kind of project :-)

When I got the frame home, I didn’t even bother taking out the corny picture that came in the front of the frame.   I put a couple coats of chalkboard paint directly onto the glass.  I don’t remember exactly how many coats, but I’m guessing 3-5ish.DSC05616-2

I painted the frame white (again probably 3 coats), and then got out the sandpaper.  Have you noticed I’m a little obsessed with distressed objects?  Well here I go again.  Once all the paint (white and chalkboard) were dry I sanded down the edges of the frame to give it more of a personal, antiqued look.  (You always want to make sure your paint is dry before you start sanding so that you don't have your distressed chunks making your paint lumpy <--- like all those technical terms?)DSC05652-2DSC05650-2DSC05666-2

Check this baby out!DSC05649-2

Now, mounted to the wall, right above the light switch when we walk into our room, we have a little chalkboard to write sweet messages to each other.  Cute, right?  Messages from Phil always make me blush and give me butterflies :-)DSC05661-2

xoxo Darby

9 comments :

sherri lynn said...

So cute! I think the white distressed look is perfect with the chalkboard paint!

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

So cute!! I think that chalkboard paint makes everything better! Love how you gave it a vintage look by sanding. Have a great weekend! xo

Joy said...

Love it... and I'll take one if you decide you want to make another and send it to me. LOL I guess it's time to try out chalkboard paint!

An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Where do you find the time to do all this awesome stuff???! I totally want to do a chalkboard something but I haven't decided what or where, haa ha. Baby steps :)

Kristy said...

Love this!! I just might have to make one!!

Haylee said...

i love that Darby! Maybe I'll do one for my future kitchen! i've been looking at some furniture for when we get to furnish our new home and I decided what I want my style to be....remember I told you I wasn't sure what I was going to do....well I've decided rustic/cozy. We'll see how it goes though! Might be talking to you for inspiration later.

Lindsay said...

I LOVE this idea! I must make something similar for my house! You always do such a great job on all your projects. I really enjoy reading your blog! I am so glad you shared this @ Show & Share! Thanks so much!

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

Hi, Phil & Darby! This is such a cute idea. I love chalk paint!!! Thank you so much for stopping by Bella Nest. I'm your newest follower!

Ruth said...

I am loving that frame. I need to try this. I love chalkboard paint.
Ruth

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