Chalkboard from a Cabinet Door

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”, missourilimestonepaint_chalkboardI 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!

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Wedding Invite on Canvas – Using a Silhouette Machine and Annie Sloan Paint

I created this project in July 2014.

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Wedding Invite on Canvas W/SilhouetteI 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. 20140706-125426-46466661.jpg

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Family Rules with a Silhouette Machine and Annie Sloan Paint

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