One more project tonight. I was on a roll today finding projects to paint and re-purposing things from around my house. This one only cost me $.99 and that was for the fall font.
Silhouette fall font – purchased from Silhouette store for $.99. Re-designed the letters on my Silhouette Portrait machine and printed on brown contact paper. Yes. I have one of those, too. I make a lot of projects with my Silhouette machine. I love that thing!
Ribbon – from a stash I kept when making bows for my grand daughter, which she basically never wore. She hasn’t ever liked bows. But I saved the left overs. Remember, I’m a teacher. We don’t discard.
Chalkboard – you will recognize it from the project I made earlier today. Just erased one message and added a new one.
Pumpkin with air plant – bought that from a Vintage Market earlier this month. The other side is a jack-o-lantern!
Flowers – Stole those out of an ancient arrangement I had. I may need to re-arrange that one a little to disguise the holes I left.
Kerr Canning Jar – bought for Young Living Sugar Scrub. Yes, I like essential oils, too! I gave this jar two coats of off white chalk-based paint I had left over from other projects. It was a little thick, so just added a bit of water and it was fine. Then I sanded the jar a bit with 220 sandpaper and added the fall letters. I tied a ribbon around it, stuck in the flowers, made a vignette with my chalkboard, pumpkin and jar— and there you have it! A beautiful fall arrangement. Don’t you agree?
I was looking for ideas for class projects using chalk-based paint that is so popular. I had to look no further than Pinterest and my basement. Pinterest sparked the idea that I could paint a cabinet door. I happened to have 6 of them in my basement. Don’t ask. I’m a former classroom teacher. I save things. You never know when you will need them. And, see….I needed a cabinet door. The upside down copper drawer pull was a left over from our kitchen remodel. I didn’t miscount. I realized later the way two drawers were installed, drawer pulls on either one wouldn’t allow the other drawer to open. Hmmm. Twenty-nine years in this house when we did the makeover last year and I never noticed this before. But, then, I never had drawer pulls on my kitchen drawers before. Click here for a peek at our kitchen makeover.
I will say that a chalkboard idea might be better using chalkboard paint rather than chalk-based paint, but I didn’t have that so I thought I’d give my Missouri Limestone Paint a try. It worked just fine, thank you! And, with grandkids, I just happened to have a fat piece of chalk.
So, with no expense, and using left over Missouri Limestone Paint in the colors of “Homemade Ice Cream” and “Something Blue”, I have a nifty little chalkboard sign for a kitchen or entryway or wherever you’d like to put it, and to show my “students” when I teach my classes.
Chalk-based paint is definitely not just for furniture. See my Chalk Paint Project Pinterest Board for more class project ideas I’ve been collecting. Of course, I added this great idea – can’t lose it! I can’t wait to make some more example pieces!
I created this project September 2014
Pinterest inspiration, an old chest (I estimate $25 as I purchased a dresser and night stand at the same time – all for $75), Annie Sloan Old White paint, sharpies, clear wax, and one afternoon turned an old dresser into a new one for Ben’s room. At first I tried red paint for the stitching….whoa! That didn’t work. So more Annie Sloan Old White over the red paint (good thing I hadn’t done too much). Continue reading
I created this project in July 2014.
I love my Silhouette Portrait machine and all it can do. I scanned Katie and Richard’s wedding invitation and saved it as a jpg. Then I put the image into my Silhouette software and traced it. I copied and pasted each section into a new design, making sure I welded the lettering. I then turned each section sideways and enlarged them to fit on a large stretched canvas. I cut each section using contact paper.
Next I painted the canvas with Old White Annie Sloan chalk paint. I applied the contact paper lettering and painted over everything in Old white again. This is to make sure there is no bleed through with the final color.
Once dry, I used Annie Sloan Graphite and when that dried, I peeled off the contact paper lettering. As a final step I will add a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and now Katie and Richard will have a large vintage look wall hanging with the exact fonts from their wedding invitation.
I’m still amazed that you can trace and cut lettering from an image with the Silhouette.
I wanted an area rug for my living room, but rugs act like a magnet for my cat’s shedding fur. I have a bare laminate floor that just needed something, though. My friend, Cindy, has used painted canvas floor cloths and I’ve always liked them, so I started searching for ways to make them, but found it too messy and time consuming to make my own and already bound and primed ones were way too expensive. Then I started thinking, maybe I could paint a bamboo slat rug with Annie Sloan…..yep! I could. Continue reading
I created this project June of 2014.
My daughter-in-law, Daphney, wanted one of those Family Rules signs on a board. I’d been on the lookout for some old barn wood but wasn’t having any luck. Then my neighbor mentioned a board he had that might work. It was actually more like a box with a frame around two boards stapled together, so I removed the frame (OK-Danny removed the frame added more staples to the boards) and now I had the old board thing I was looking for. Continue reading
This was my first experiences with chalk-type paints back in January 2014.
My best friend, Cindy, introduced me to Annie Sloan chalk paint. She gave me a partial can of Paris Grey. It took me awhile to find something to paint with it. I had never heard of chalk paint before, but Cindy had been using it for awhile and loved it! When I finally tried it out…..wow! I was hooked. Cindy couldn’t believe it took me so long. I can’t either! I have since created several projects. The latest…… painting an old leather glider and ottoman I have had for years. I was getting ready to throw it out, but my husband, who has seen the success we’ve had with Annie Sloan said I should try painting it. I had read that you could paint fabric, even leather with Annie Sloan so I thought I’d give it a try. Continue reading