Thursday, August 28, 2008


I had a different post altogether planned for today, but got motivated and side tracked by Joy's Paint Party. It was just " much fun!..." {Where have I heard that?} So I went shopping!!!!! In my basement! Let's see what I found.... Well let me tell you, a lot of stuff! But I will not go there today. Just one or two small things at a time. (Joy these projects are not black!)

Being a photographer I have a lot of frames (why I spent so much time looking at all those junky walmart frames at the Alabama Thrift Store last week, I have no idea! I even found one I donated!) and in my basement I found one that was silvered patina and there was nothing in it. One of my suppliers let me have it for a song b/c they were being discontinued and she knew I had several just like it with DD's and my Niece's photos in them. I also found some 11x14 foam core. Lucky me!!! I usually have it in very very large sheets. I thought I was going to have to cut foam core or rag board down to size and I wanted this project to go fast.

I first spray painted the frame with "Light Sage" that looks cream to me. Then I sprayed the foam core with chalkboard paint.

Then I had an idea.... Remember those old silver plate bread baskets from the late 80's early 90's? I still have them and use them. I hate to polish them. I don't know why I still have them, but before giving them to a thrift store, why not... welll...

The primer is drying on the underside of one right now. It is really humid outside so the only thing drying fast is the chalkboard paint.

Using Screaming Meme Tutorial I mixed glaze and blue paint(that I found left over from a project I did about 6 years ago) and I am not afraid (I shop in my basement! The next step for this stuff is Goodwill!) to experiment and to tone down the blue a little I mixed some toffee brown delta coat I happened to have on hand. Just a tad. (I do know acrylic to acrylic - I do fear that I should have primed or liquid sandpapered that frame first. It might have had an oil based silver paint on it. On well..)

I rubbed it on the glazed mix with a dry rag, wiped it off with a wet rag. Looks beautiful! Put a second coat of chalkboard paint on the foam core. (there are a couple of dents in it, I might have to purchase or find a new piece to cut down.)

Well the next thing I know, I have a beautiful chalk message board!

And the silver plate bread basket did not turn out too bad either!

And what else did I find while shopping in the basement! My MIL's Piano Lamp. I used a little gorilla glue to fix that arm and I think I will clean it up and put it in the dinning room. My FIL gave it to me after she passed away. I think this lamp is beautiful like it is. Some of the prisms are missing. But I know where I can get some. more. What do y'all think, should I shabby chic it or leave it like it is? This is one I will probably have to think long and hard on.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I love your new message board. I'm going to have to try that technique! Maybe on my new mirror frame!
I think the lamp is a keeper! Looks great to me!

Kimba said...

Those are some great makeovers. I really like the message board. Very pretty frame.

As for the beautiful lamp...Hmmmmmm...If it weren't of sentimental value, I might try something completely different. Shabby white would be beautiful but that's what you would expect it. I might replace the crystals and paint the lamp black for a different look. Or what about red?

Just a thought. It's a beautiful piece so it will be great no matter what you do.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Nice way to recycle! Not sure about the lamp. Some things are nice as they are, but some things NEED to eb changed. I think the lamp is charming as is.

Nancy said...

I love your new chalk board...You did a great job. That is a beautiful lamp....I don't know if I could paint it, due to the sentimental value of it..but I can't wait to see what you do with it. Nancy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Well, look at you & your crafty self! That's so cute, that chalkboard in the kitchen.

Hey, I'm having a yardsale party on Sat. a.m. Just found out there's a big neighborhood sale near my house if you want to join in. Email me if you're interested. I put a note on my blog.


Tara said...

I love the message board! I have got to find a frame to do this with!! I don't know what to tell you about the lamp - I am torn - one part of me says NO way & the other says yes... you will have to let us know what you decide!!

Screaming Meme said...

Girl! I love it! Awesome! I want to make one now! :) And the basket is so cute...I love the blue! Thanks for the link...I am off to your fitness blog for some inspiration! meme

Sue said...

sLove your WERE in a creative mood today!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

I love the chalk board! xoxo, Joanna