Chalkboard Menu

Been crazy busy around here. Did my first show in October and have another one next week. With a full-time job and a home and family to care for, DIYing happens after dark. Not the best time to take pictures; and I love picture heavy post. In the new year I will find a happy medium. In the mean time, lets talk chalk boards.
I love the idea of chalkboards. You can see them all over the web. I find them so versatile, and communicating my thoughts is really easy. With the use of Chalkboard paint, anything I love can be come a chalkboard. And the concept of colored chalk makes me kinda giddy. Have you seen what a ‘chalk artist’ can do? So it was time I made one of my own. A few months ago I came upon a small coffee table that had no legs. It was dirty and shabby and unloved. So I took it home and washed and sanded it. Sanding is very important. Spray on Chalkboard paint did not smooth out the surface of my piece. I had to do that myself. And if you don’t, you’ll end up with shaky, lumpy lines when you draw on the board with chalk. I brushed on a quick primer coat and then sprayed on the chalk paint. I’d recommend a thick coat or three, of primer. I only used one thin coat and now wish I’d done two or three. The rim of the table was painted white, sanded and then glazed with dark walnut stain. I added a vintage typography from the graphic fairy to finish the board. Karen has a wonderful tutorial on how to transfer typography to furniture. It’s simple and easy. After hand painting the letters I sanded them down a bit to give them some aging. Good Morning! I really like the way it turned out. It makes my family happy to get up in the morning and see a message from me. And I’ve left a menu for the daughter and she had dinner ready when I got home from work! And it’s a great finish at the end of our long gallery kitchen. You remember the Small Kitchen Tour.

I’ve tried the spray chalk paint on a silver plated tray that’s waiting for a hanger. I’ll give you a look-see when I have her on display. Check back soon, or sign up for emails and I’ll just drop into your inbox when I’ve got her done. Have you done a chalkboard paint project yet? Did you use the spray on or the paint on? Would love to hear how it worked for you. Cheers, Miss Ellie

I’m linking this post to Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday over at Coastal Charm.

I’m linking this post to Cassie’s POWW over at Primitive and Proper.

I’m linking this post to Courtney’s Feather Nest Friday over at French Country Cottage.

I’m linking this post to Marion’s Furniture Feature Friday over at Miss Mustard Seed.

I’m linking this post to Donna’s Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.

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Small Kitchen Tour

It’s a small kitchen.

Seven and a half feet by ten and a half feet. It faces south, has one entrance and one window.

We use it for everything, including blog reading, answering emails, and pinning on Pinterest.

Are relationship started when it was in a bad way. Over loved and under maintained.

It had been remodeled in the eighties with builder grade everything and had no appliances (that’s a loaner stove to get through the inspections). My daughter and I camped out for 9 months while I changed out flooring, painted walls and ceilings and replaced light fixtures.

The kitchen is now comfortable.

Yup! I painted the wall green, but only one. It’s enough color.

The flooring, baseboard and toe kicks, cabinet knobs and the appliance all came from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.

This is how we live in it. For real. It’s clean half the time (the pros of an Empty Nester).

I’m still painting the cabinets and adding moldings to them that I got from Restore. I’m in live with Milk Paint and hope to give it a try on these cabinets.

And I have curtains for the window that need mending. And there is an old ladder in the future of this kitchen.

It’s stage one. Progressing to stage two in the next year.

Ever been to Restore? I’ll have to take you some time.

                         Cheers!

                         Miss Ellie

I’ve linked this post to French Country Cottage’s Feathered Nest Friday.

I have also linked to Inspired by Charm’s Just Because party.