Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I've always wanted a chalkboard











I decided to try making a chalkboard for my kitchen. It was really easy.....taking only a quart of chalkboard paint to make the transformation. Of course, first I bought the spray on kind which resulted in a spotty appearance that I was not happy with. So, back to the store for a can of paint and some advice on how to get a better result. The trick is to lay it flat and roll it on rather than spray it.
I used an old wine print that had been in my kitchen way too long. For a chalk tray, I used a decorative molding that formerly had a grape thingie attached to the top. I just removed the grapevine and sprayed it black and then red.
OK, my handwriting is not the greatest, but I'm enjoying having a place to write my "whatevers" on the board.

15 comments:

Nunnie's Attic said...

Welcome to Blogging! My name is Julie and I'm over at Nunnie's Attic. I'm sort of a newbie myself as I've only been blogging since late August. It's always so nice to meet new people. You're going to love it!

Your home is gorgeous and I love your chalk board. I have always wanted to do that project but never have. I guess I never thought about taking an old tray or something to use. Thanks for the tip.

Stop over and see me if you get the chance. Again, welcome welcome welcome!

Love,
Julie

Mary said...

Jan, thanks for visiting my blog, and for leaving such a sweet comment. Yes, I do have the shopping bug, aided and abetted by my dear friend who finds all these barn sales and antiques malls. LOL

You have one of the most beautiful porches I've ever seen -- I'd love to come and "sit a spell." the chalkboard project is really great, and what a terrific idea to use that ledgey thing for the chalk.
xoxo,
Mary

FarmHouse Style said...

Hi Nan! Welcome:) Your front porch looks very inviting!

I have been blogging since September and have already met some of the nicest people.

Love your new chalk board...how fun.

Rhonda

bj said...

Good morning, friend Nan....
This chalkboard is just precious. What a fabulous idea. You know me, I am going to have to have one, too!! :) Thanks for telling us how to do it...now, if I can just find something to do it on!
Happy day, bj

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love your chalkboard! I have made them before with a mosaic frame around them.. I think it will be time soon to make another and maybe keep it for me!
Penny

bj said...

Thanks for stopping by my living room this morning. To answer your question of what room did we do away with....we didn't. We removed the back wall of our room and added on to it. So, this room is now partly old and partly new and we don't have nearly as much lawn to take care of in the back now!! lol
bj

T*mmy said...

What a talent you are!
I love your little turkey sketch!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi there & welcome to blogland. Your chalkboard is great, I have that on my 'todo' list! One of these days!
Hugs, DebraK

When We Were Young said...

Welcome to Blogville! I always wanted a chalkboard for my kithen too. I have one now.

Anonymous said...

Nan, what a great idea! And I love that you "repurposed" the chalk ledge. What to go! And thanks for sharing the "how to". Christy427

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Welcome to Blog Land :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could visit you in turn. Love your porch!

Cottage Contessa said...

ooooooooooohhhh I love this idea! I would never have thought to paint over an old picture like that! Brilliant idea! The little self if a fabulous idea too. Thanks for the easy lesson and the inspiration! Off to the hardware store I go..........
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Meggie said...

Nan: Love the new chalkboard. What a great idea!

bj said...

Cindy at My Romantic Home did a silver plated tray this way and I think it hangs above her stove in her kitchen. Ya'll are so smart and these look so great. I still need to get out and find something to do a chalk board on....
bj

Sherry said...

I love your innovation..you took what you had, you worked this, found something that worked better as far as "materials" and created something lovely. It looks terrific!