11.24.2014

DIY Chalkboard Door

Taking on a painting project just before the holidays is probably not a good idea BUT I did.  And getting into the chalkboard scene has gone out the backdoor and no longer the hot thing in up to date decorating BUT I did it anyway.  :)    I have had a small chalkboard hanging on the pantry door for a long time but have been itching to paint the entire pantry door.  For a great place to leave "honey do" notes, grocery list, I love you's, menus.....just a whole lot of things, plus a great place for the grand kids to draw when they visit.  


Supplies needed are painter's tape to tape of the edges of the door,  drop cloth for the floor, can of chalkboard paint ( I used Rustoleum Brand), small,  short nap paint roller,  paint brush and rags.
Remove any door hardware, tape up edges of door, put drop cloth on floor and start painting.  I must admit I was nervous about painting the entire door black, but I have black counter tops and was hoping for the best.  Cut in around the edges of your door with a small paint brush first, then use a short nap small roller to fill in.  


LOL...scary huh?   Don't do what I did.  After painting a few strokes with the roller brush, I realized the nap was too crackly from the last paint job I used it on and I was not liking the finish it was leaving on the door.   So I put it under warm water to give it a good scrub.  I was called away for a few minutes, so I just laid the roller down on some paper towels.  Upon returning to the job I picked up the roller, dunked it in the paint and started rolling.   Oh my....what a mess!!!  I had forgotten to run the roller over a towel to squeeze the remaining water out of it and the water mixed with the chalkboard paint totally ran down the door.   You would have been proud of me.  I didn't panic and thanked the good Lord I had used a drop cloth.  After rinsing the roller again and thoroughly wringing it out this time, I just rolled over the mess and all was well.  :)  Three coats for good coverage and I was finished.  Let dry over night and it was ready to use the next day.


I was worried it would be like a big black hole in the kitchen, but with the view through the door to the dining area right beside it,  it's no worry at all, and I just love it.  Started it off with a little Christmas cheer on it and about to add our Christmas Day menu to it. Family is coming.  :)  
I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends. 
 I am grateful for you, my dear, dear readers.
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I have been asked to participate in a couple of Holiday Home blog tours and I am so looking forward to it.  .....   starting on Dec. 11th and 12th.  Hope you will join me. 
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11.16.2014

I so enjoyed the Thanksgiving Vignette party hosted by Sherry at No Minimalist Here that I wanted to do a quick recap in the event that you are looking for some inspiration for next week’s big event!!

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That should keep y’all busy for a good long while. Happy Sunday!
xoxo
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11.12.2014

Thanksgiving Vignettes Party


I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of Sherry's Thanksgiving Vignette Party.   I love vignettes and can "play" for hours creating one. Thank you Sherry and please visit her blog 
No Minimalist Here for more fabulous Autumn displays.  Because I will be visiting elsewhere for Thanksgiving this year, I only did a few tiny things in the house but I did get into it with the outside of my home, so without further ado....let's go.

 this rusty crusty cast iron urn is so much fun to decorate every season.  A pumpkin topiary with magnolia and acuba leaves for this season's theme

Another urn, with a decided French theme, gets a big fat white pumpkin and green moss

 Okay.....I did do just a little in the house   :) ....a few tiny pumpkins scattered here and there.  This one sits atop my latest purchase of old ironstone

 the vintage twisted cast metal fern stand holds a tall stately pumpkin along with some found field antlers

 at the top of the drive, another vignette greets our visitors


an unusual Autumn wreath created from new/old  country store stock of stove pipe parts.  I loved the rustiness of the old piece and as soon as I saw them at auction, I knew exactly what they would become.  They all sold in my booth but one.  If you want, just holler.

By the lamppost at the bottom of the walkway, the bicycle gets  new flowers every season.  I think Fall is my favorite.


the small acanthus leaf shelf, I ordered from Ballards years ago.  It holds a sweet single item every season by the front door.


And lastly, not a vignette, but I wanted to share a Thanksgiving with you we celebrated several years ago outdoors.  If you ever get the chance and the weather permits, have your feast outside, like the pilgrims did.  I watched the weather for two weeks.  Our weather can be warm or snowy for Thanksgiving, but that year it was perfect for dining outside.  I used some raggedy old quilts as the tablecloths with white pumpkins, osage apples,  and branches for the centerpieces with some old gold pottery pheasants.  The appetizers were simple .....just baskets of unshelled  Virginia peanuts.  The guests enjoyed them and just tossed the shells in the yard.  :)  

Thank you for letting me come into your home today.  I am so grateful for you, my readers.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  x0


Below is a list of the bloggers participating in this fabulous party.  Please visit each and every one of them for some fabulous ideas and fun eye candy.


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