Monday, July 21, 2014

Chippy Chalkboard Calendar

I've been itching lately to do a project for our home! I love doing pieces for other people but there's just something so freeing about doing something for myself! I can experiment and be creative in a way that I can't when I'm doing work for clients! This little project was like therapy to me!


A calendar is something we desperately needed in our home! Can you believe we didn't have one! As my kiddos are growing life is becoming more and more busy. Most "normal" people just go buy a calendar at the store but I just couldn't find anything I liked. I knew I wanted to make one and when I found a large ornate frame recently on this shopping adventure, I started to envision using it to make my calendar.

I'm sorry I don't have any before pictures of the frame! I'm terrible about that! I just get too excited to dive in to a project and I forget to take pictures. But just picture a large ornante gold frame that was falling apart.

My hubby helped me glue and clamp it down in several spots to secure the frame and then I glued my chalkboard on. I made the chalkboard using plywood from Home Depot that I spray painted with chalkboard paint.

Next came the fun part! I painted the frame using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I used a similar mixture of colors that Miss Mustard Seed used recently to create a mint tone, she called her mixture Layla's Mint. I had Eulalie's Sky and Lucketts Green on hand but instead of using Ironstone I used Linen to lightened the color a bit. This was only my second time using Milk Paint, I used it to make this sign...



I'm getting practice with these smaller pieces before I tackle something bigger! I'm in love with the Milk Paint so far though check out this awesome chippyness...




And crackle affect...



The variation in color happened on accident. I painted my frame and left a small amount of my paint out for a few hours and when I came back I decided to add a bit more paint on a few areas of the frame that I originally didn't paint. The paint was clumpy and thick since I left it out but I just added a little bit of water and went for it. This created the variation of color that you see on the frame. And although I didn't plan on this to happen, I love it!


Now I just need to start using my calendar! If you haven't liked my Facebook page you should! I'm getting close to 150 likes and then I will be doing a giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Linking up to: http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/blog/ http://tatertotsandjello.com/http://elizabethandco.blogspot.com/http://www.lizmarieblog.com http://www.stonegableblog.comhttp://cityfarmhouse.com/http://www.thegoldensycamore.comhttp://www.joyinourhome.com, http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/

8 comments:

  1. I love it! I'm so proud of you Danielle! You're very talented <3

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It means so much to have support from friends like you :) Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. I love this. I have a similar frame that I got out of my sisters trash ( actually it was sitting in her garage ready for the trash). She was throwing it away because it was given to her but it wasn't her style. I love it and I'm going to try and use your frame as inspiration. I just love the colors you used and I love Miss Mustard Seed's paint. I too am trying it out on smaller pieces before tackling real furniture.

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    1. I'm glad you like it Rebecca! Thank you! Isn't it fun to rescue a piece and make it in to something new!

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  3. Oh I LOVE this!! You did an amazing job on this. I have never tried milk paint but this makes it soooooo tempting!

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    1. Thanks Gigi! You should try milk paint! It's a lot of fun and has given me great results thus far!

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  4. Need to go to my attic for a frame and then make me, us a chalkboard for our kitchen!! Very cute.

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    1. You should Linda! It such a fun way to update an old frame! Thanks for stopping by!

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