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Chalkboarding

Chalkboards are everywhere we look these days.

Even IF I were to make chalkboards & signs for the next 20 yrs, I don’t think I would be able to use all the scrap wood that seems to multiply like rabbits in our shop while we’re sleeping……

Soooooooo……. I decided to use the wood clutter we had lounging around our shop…… waiting for me to trip over it.

Cabinet doors turned chalkboards are hot items these days….. actually just about anything painted with chalkboard paint sells like

Chalkboard

hotcakes.  I took this spare cabinet door & slapped some  barn red paint on it…… although red doesn’t seem to sell as well, at times, as other colors I really like deeper shades of red.

And yes, I will usually paint the back of my projects because it gives it a finished look even though I know some of you think it’s a waste of time & material.  I always think of a customer possibly having a cool & creative new idea to use my product; however, they might not be able to do so if the entire piece isn’t finished which in my mind might make or break the sale.

Anyhoo……after painting front & back……I painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint onto the front but left some of the original white paint showing  to frame it.

Cabinet door

 

Chalkboard cabinet door

I think the white frame gave it some nice extra detail.

I put a couple of coats of clear wax on the red painted area to seal it & added a burlap bow.

There you have it!  A cute fun & easy project

 

Bur-lamps

Thrift stores have a wealth of resources for re-purposing……….which is where this little lamp came from……….

I wish I’d taken a picture of the “before” because it was a maroon-purple-ish color on the base……….screamed 1980’s………..big hair & Bon Jovi……….

She needed a face lift & little TLC………….

I lightly sanded the base so the paint would grip better……….

painted with a chrome metallic silver paint……….

found a shade that fit – in fact I think I had that lamp shade in my stash………

added a burlap sash & flower

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She looks much better & sophisticatedly vintagy (yes I sometimes make up my own words)

Do you have a small item that needs a face lift with a fresh coat of paint?

 

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