Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chalk Boards can be Elegant

This little hall way leads from the mud room and front room into the kitchen.
That blank wall has been begging for a chalk board for a long time but I could not find anything vintage that fit the wall or purpose!
While in my daughters studio I spied this huge frame....
she used often for her photo shoots!
It fit the requirements for the perfect chalk board....
elegant YES.....huge YES, and it fit the wall! YES!

Perfect detailing.....

I got the can of spray paint out an wham bam I had a great start to the perfect chalk board!
Off to Home Depot to have my wood cut..... home again...sanding the wood and started painting first with 3 coats of primer, then 3 coats of magnetic paint {this stuff is great it turns anything into a magnetic board} then 6 coats of chalk board paint!
Wha-laaaaa.....



Hubby built a lil shelf to hold the chalk and eraser.....
Cute Cute Cute
Thank you hubby!

I am debating if I should shabby it up a bit..... rub some paint off here and there!
What do you think?
Everyone that walks by draws something on it or writes a note!
I love it.....

Join Susan at Between naps on the porch for more Metamorphosis Monday treasures!

Hugz and Blessings,
Dolly

27 comments:

Claudia said...

Hi Dolly,

Don't you just love having a chalkboard? Yours looks beautiful - the frame is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!

Claudia

Sandy said...

Hi Dolly,
Wow - that's one beautiful frame and chalkboard! And it fits that space just right. You should get some of that wet ink chalk (like they use in the restaurants) in different colors (go to "Warm Pie, Happy Home" blog to read about product).

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Kathleen Grace said...

That is one gorgeous frame Dolly and it looks great as a chalkboard:>) I would leave it just as it is but shabby would be cute too:>)

Julie Harward said...

I LOVE your chalk board! How cute is that?! Have fun with it! Come say hi :D

dee dee said...

I just love the new chalk board! the detailing in the frame is wonderful and looks great with the coats of white paint! Great Job... Dee Dee

Jenglamgirl said...

Love it! probably a fac. chalk board I have seen, and hung on such a great wall!

someplace in thyme said...

Dolly, it's perfect just the way it is. I love it, Char

Marilyn said...

Your chalkboard is sensational!!

We have a chalkboard in our kitchen. When we first bought this house I remember saying to my Hubby "That eyesore has got to go!!" Now 14 years later it is still there & the frame has been painted by me a couple of times!! I am having a "love affair" with my chalkboard!! LOL!!
Love,
Marilyn
Our Victorian Cottage

Purvail said...

Very clever. and what a great place for all to see your new chalk board

Mama Byrd said...

LOVE!

Mama Byrd said...

LOVE!

Fete et Fleur said...

How fun!! This looks great!!

Nancy

Lori said...

super cute!!! i love it Dolly!!!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

love the frame! a super cute chalk board.
you could shabby it, or dry brush it with a light shade of something, or you could use rub-n-buff.
I like it like it is, but it has such lovely detail... hmmmm
gail

Sandra said...

I love the frame! You did a great job!
Blessings,
Sandra

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

It's gorgeous, Dolly! Does your daughter know that you took it? Hee-hee!
I never can bear to shabby anything up after all the work of priming and painting! I figure my stuff will shabby up naturally in no time flat! ♥

Alison Gibbs said...

Dolly love the chalkboard as it is.
Looks fabulous
Alison

Mimi said...

What a fabulous chalkboard! I ♥ it...
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Kathy said...

Hi Dolly Glad to meet you ! Yes...we're in Cadillac Mich. Who Is your best friend...maybe I know her and where are you located in Michigan?
Love it when I come across a fellow Michigander!!! Your painting is beautiful...your one talented cookie, and the Grands are as precious as can be!!! I'll take that little pink bistro set in Shipshewana too, so cute...Loved visiting your blog and also put you on my blogroll so I can keep an eye on the happenings here! Have the best Thanksgiving ever, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Love it...we must be on the same page this week. Come over and see my project with ornate frames! Loving yours. I'm adding this to my list.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That chalkboard is awesome and I love the stripes! You're right, you do need some Frog Tape with all of that work! :)

SweetAnnee said...

It is awesome!!
smiles

The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh thats awesome! So sweet of your hubby to put a tray for the chalk. If you age it, and don't like it, you can paint it again.
oxo
Marcie

eddieross said...

Love it! Beautiful and funcitonal!

E + J

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I am loving that frame! I wish I could find a few of those!

Thanks for linking up to the chalkboard party.

Londen

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This is adorable! I love how you painted the frame white. I kind of like it just as it is without roughing it up. The best part of yours is that clever little ledge for chalk and eraser. I'm finding you via the chalkboard party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Have a wonderful day!
Tammy

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Looks great. I am in love with that frame. I tried to buy a similar one at Homegoods so spray white but it was chipped and they wouldn't sell it because it was sharp! ??? Will have to drool over yours!