Wednesday, July 28, 2010

mirror, mirror...

I know I'm a little late to the "chalkboard paint party" but I've had a chalkboard paint project in my mind for a LONG time now.

One of my friends gave me this amazing frame that used to house a mirror in its former life. I had it in my old place but never did anything with it, but now that we're in our new place, it completely matches our comforter. So the project was ON!

My plan was to take the frame and back it with some extra illustration board I had.

Since much like my aversion to spray paint, I have a thing against exacto knives. Honest to goodness, I have NEVER been able to cut anything in a straight line with those things. So I had to enlist the help of one of my art directors at work. 

Once it was cut, I painted it with chalkboard paint and a foam brush. In 30 minutes it was dry. I mounted it to the back of the frame and VOILA! A chalkboard with a contemporary twist.

It goes perfectly in our room. Now the room is a work in progress, the nightstand needs to be refinished, painted black and fitted with new knobs, but it is coming together. 

It was a really simple project and I love that we can change the message. 
It's like revolving art! 

So as a late arrival to the party, tell me what kind of projects you've done with chalkboard paint. 

Beth over at The Stories of A to Z is hosting a Chalkboard Paint Party. Go check it out for more great ideas for using chalkboard paint!


Fashion Butter said...

I saw a really cool image somewhere online in which they painted the floor and walls of a bedroom in chalkboard paint and then painted a throw rugs, eadboard, extra on the walls. It looked awesome (and dusty). :)

Jen said...

Could you imagine moving furniture in those rooms? Nails on a chalkboard. :)

Anonymous said...

I had a chalkboard wall in my old kitchen and plan to do it again in this one. It's really great for fun and for practical stuff (lists, groceries, etc). Another wall I did once was a magnetic one. They have magnetic paint and you can even paint over it with your regular wall paint color. Over a desk, it's totally wild!! People just don't understand how stuff sticks! :) Shannon

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Fun project! The shape of that frame is fantastic!!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

You're not late to the Chalkboard Paint Party at all (smirk, smirk) :). Looks great and I'm glad you linked up!

Jen said...

Thanks all!

Michelle and Beth - I am loving your blogs. Inspiring ideas!

spindlecottage/nannykim said...

VEry cute and it does go nicely with the spread!

Ashley said...

One of my friends has a wall of his galley kitchen covered in chalkboard paint and it looks so awesome, all of his friends tag it when they come over! Seeing as how I'm an apt dweller, I like the idea of making a mini-chalk board in a frame. Thanks!

xoxo, Ashley