Get Your Chalk On! ............
Or get yourself organized. :) I can't do anything without my lists. I recently joined the ranks of the electronically enlightened and got an iPhone. I felt so "important" using my phone the other day while out shopping, clicking backwards to remove purchased grocery items off my list. Now, instead of worrying about losing my paper list, I have to worry about losing my phone. Ack!
But my still favorite way of making a list and checking it off, is my chalkboards. So useful for "notes to the family", "notes to SElf", "remembrance notes". This is the board in my kitchen. It's the first thing you see when you enter. Very useful for letting others know your birthday is approaching soon :) (hint hint) :)
This antique worn gold ornate frame pictured above is huge and right now rest against the wall in my dining room. I kind of like it just as it is, giving the room some architectural interest, but my intention is to use it as a frame for a very large chalkboard (or maybe headboard)
This very utilitarian chalkboard is on the wall next to my computer desk. It reminds me of what I want to accomplish each week in my studio and serves as a blog reminder too.
Chalkboards don't have to be in frames, not with the fabulous paints on the market now. My son's wedding party was celebrated here at home, lakeside, and I used this vintage wash stand and tin bucket as the raw bar. Using chalk to designate the area, it was a huge hit.
I use a smaller chalkboard at dinner parties to announce what the menu is or what is on the dessert bar. This board is housed in an ornate, painted white, antique frame. It's fun!
Chalkboards are entertaining to use at celebrations too. This one was at our outside wedding celebration also and was a unique way to point our guests in the right direction.
Chalkboard paint is an inexpensive, easy and creative way to create some style while adding personalization and organization in your home. Green and black are the standard colors, but why limit yourself to that. You can make a custom color of your own. Imagine a pink or purple chalkboard wall in a little girl's room, where she can draw flowers and numbers to her heart's content.
- 1 cup of paint in a container - color and type of your choice
- Add 2 Tablespoons non-sanded tile grout (available at any home improvement store)
- Mix well to remove lumps
that's It.....easy peasy
Keep the batch small and stir often as it dries quickly. It's good to use a primer for most projects. For a nice even coating, use "smooth finish" rollers. Clean and dry and make any repairs (if needed) to the piece you will be painting. If using primer, make sure your piece is very dry, and then mix your chalkboard paint. Work in small sections. Paint several coats and let dry between coats. Let dry at least 24 hours after final coat. To condition your board, using a piece of chalk sideways, rub entire board. Wipe clean with a barely damp sponge and dry.
Paint the top of a table
Paint the back of kitchen chairs to personalize with family names
Paint old silver trays as menu boards for the kitchen
(I did this for gifts this past year)
Paint a door for a family message center
Paint tins to identify dog food, snacks, etc.
Springs coming --- Paint plant markers
~~~~~~~~~ Don't forget I have a give-away going. You can just leave a comment on any blog post until Jan. 27th to enter and until next time xo ~~~~~~~~~~
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