Sorta Like Pottery Barn Chalkboard Window

So….in last night’s post, I was oohing and ahhing over something I’d seen in the Pottery Barn catalog.

It was this…

So I decided that I would use this as my inspiration to make something similar…using what I had. I had a window; I had chalkboard paint in a spray can; I had tape; and I had chalk ink.

Here’s my window…it’s old. I can imagine a little face peeking throught this window looking for the school bus or a kitty looking out the window.

Nice and chippy…

I taped it up…

I then sprayed with chalkboard spray and let it dry about an hour or so.

Then…I drew on my first square…this is easy! Twinkle…twinkle…little star!

Almost done, but my dove looks more like a dolphin…glad this is chalk I’m working with!

It’s fixed in this picture.

Here’s another picture…I’ll add some Christmas things a bit later. I didn’t want to overwhelm Thanksgiving before it even arrives!

Thinking ahead…Christmas is coming soon!

Right after I put this post together, I went back to the Pottery Barn catalog to see what the cost of their chalkboard window was. I am so pleased with mine which cost me almost nothing! And….drum roll…the Pottery Barn piece was $249.

Mary Ann Howell is the winner of the apron and dishtowel!


Repurposed Serving Dish

I have not been productive this weekend. At.all. In fact, so the weekend was not a total loss of productivity, I decided to clean the teeniest, tiniest room in my house, the “powder room” (basically commode and sink) and I could not even find the Windex. It was lost! Laid aside due to lack of use.

I did make one fun thing. I could not sleep last night, and at 2:00 am, I decided to work on a little project to pass the time. I’m not sure if I showed you my latest Salvation Army find for $3. It is a little silver-plated serving dish.   Kingsport’s Salvation Army on Stone Drive rocks!!

It was a little dull, and I bet that is why it was at the Salvation Army. I tried to brighten it.

While this copper cream works well on copper, it worked only marginally on this.   However, no fault found–it does say copper cream after all!

Once cleaned…what to do with it?    I decided to try and paint the center and use it for an inspirational quote.  A very short inspirational quote, but still….

I had no idea if this would turn out.  It either was going to work or not going to work!!

It’s drying in this picture.  It took two coats.  This was the type of chalkpaint that you brush on which is about $9.50 at Lowe’s (my True Love).

Keep in mind…all this is going on somewhere between 2:00 am and 3:00 am. I was trying to take my mind off the fact that I was so hot!!! (Women of a certain age will understand this.)   Watching the paint dry made me sleepy.

Here ya go!   I’m working on my calligraphy and I’ll probably redo this or fix it a bit.  If you are thinking of learning calligraphy, don’t contact the Washington County Public Library to get any books…I went online last night and reserved them all.  They are headed from the Main Branch on a roadtrip to the Mendota Branch.


I Love Chalk Paint

I am in love.  With chalk paint.   It’s less than $5 per can at Lowe’s.  

I went on a chalkboard tear today.     Do you recall this picture (below) which was in my dining room before we painted?  Oh look…who on earth allowed that cat to get on the kitchen countertop???

This was a nice picture but I needed a chalkboard for my kitchen.     I thought about selling the picture at a future yardsale, but that was before I discovered Chalk Board Paint.   Glass can be sprayed just like anything else, and this picture was just the right size for my new chalkboard.    

After taping the picture frame so it won’t turn to chalkboard too, we went down to Mike’s shop for spraying.   Mike got curious and just had to take over the spraying.  Here he is spraying two pictures that are destined to be future chalkboards.

I put two coats on each chalkboard.     Here’s one of the finished chalkboards….

We’re having a birthday celebration for our neighbor Helene.  We’ll prop this birthday chalkboard birthday card outside where everyone can see it.  It’s her first birthday in Mendota!

I made these little chalkboards (out of 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 picture frames) to let everyone attending the birthday celebration know that drinks are in one area and desserts in another area. 

The neatest thing is that they wipe clean. 

Here’s another chalkboard project…

This one is a little different.  The glass was chipped on a small 4 x 6 picture frame.  I needed some accessories for the foyer, and I wanted to use what I had vs. buying something. 

 So…I decided it was a candidate for a chalkboard with an initial on it.   My high tech work center was the yard and an old newspaper.   Could not be easier.

You can really see the broken corner in this picture.  I wasn’t sure it was going to work. 

But it did!  

Hope you have enjoyed my chalkboard projects.  Fun, cheap and easy.  

I’ll be returning with a new post on Monday.  What are your plans for the weekend?   I think we are getting a break on the much-needed rain we’ve recently enjoyed, so tomorrow will be a day to work in the yard.   I also want to push forward to getting the pantry back together. 







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