Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chalkboard Love

Since I have been doing a little catching up around here, I thought I would go ahead and share my new chalkboard creation. It all started with a mirror I found on Craig’s List for $30 back in January (I know, I’m so behind on sharing!). It was big, gold, and beautiful. Plus that lady selling it lived on my way home from work. I was meant to have it.

Then I had to find a place to put it. The more I thought about it, the more I liked my idea to turn it into a chalkboard and hang it in the dining room over our wine cabinet. Which meant I had to take down these shelves (the ones my sweet husband put up for me while I was at work one day- I love sweet have to peak behind the people to the left to see them on the wall. I forgot I lost my before pictures on my phone; this is the best I could find)).

When I think of all the work I put into getting this mirror into place, it’s kind of exhausting. I had to unscrew the previous shelves, patch the screw holes with putty, put touch up paint over the putty, scrub 30 years of dust of the mirror frame with a toothbrush, apply 2 coats of spray primer, 3 coats of white spray paint, 3 coats of chalkboard paint (due to my blue tape peeling off some around the edges), and the actually hang the mirror! Oh well, it was totally worth it.

Isn’t she lovely? I broke her in with one of my favorite scriptures—Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Chalk board paint recipe here. Color is Ashen by Olympic in Dutch Boy paint.)

I also went ahead and switched up the stuff I had on top of our cabinet. I found this little wooden canoe-like thing to hold chalk at our local thrift store for $2.
The pots and plants I stole from our living room. Then I found this little crystal bird thingy in a box I had stored from our wedding. I believe it was a shower gift that I never got around to taking out of the box. Doesn't it have that perfect spring-like feel to it?!

All in all I am pretty pleased with my new addition to the dining room. I hope to share a few other changes I had made around the house and give a basement update soon!

1 comment:

Joi said...

It looks so good!