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Picture Frame Turned Into Chalkboard

I have really wanted a big chalkboard in our house to write quotes, notes, and fun things for the holidays. I found this the other day at a yard sale and loved how big and chunky the frame was, and loved the size of the actual picture.

chalkboard before

I used a can of Rust-oleum Chalkboard Spray paint on the canvas

chalkboard paint


gold spray paint

a can of this Rust-oleum gold pray paint, distressed the edges a bit with distressing ink…

chalkboard after

and now I have a chalkboard, just in time for my baby’s birthday. I’m still in shock she is going to be 1, it really doesn’t seem possible!

Have you seen these chalkboard signs online? I just googled “first birthday chalkboard signs” and a TON of different variations came up. I am going to try and recreate it for tomorrow, I think they are so cute.

Thanks for sticking with me this week as I have shared some of my projects from National Painting Week! Sherwin-Williams is offering 30% off this weekend if you have been inspired to do some painting of your own. Smile Have a great day!!

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Coral Isle


spray painted trash can - Coral Isle by Krylon

Coral Isle by Krylon

The Crafting Chicks

Also, this week is National Painting Week at Sherwin-Williams. It’s always fun to see what others are doing with their home to improve it, and paint is one of the easiest upgrades to make.

Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week 2014

Head on over to the Sherwin-Williams website to check out some great paint inspiration from fellow bloggers. Also, Sherwin-Williams is starting their 40% off paint sale this weekend. What a great time to paint! Enjoy and have a lovely day!

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The Evolution of a Lamp

I love lamps. To me they make a house a “home” and are one of my favorite ways to accessorize a space. Today I wanted to show you a little makeover I did.
I bought this lamp a couple of years ago at Herberger’s when it was on clearance. They were 2 left, one had a crack on the bottom so the cashier gave me both for $30. I loved the base, didn’t love the shade, but couldn’t find anything in my price range that would replace it.
Then I was at Lowe’s before Christmas and I found these shades that had Christmas ribbon on them. (Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of the shade before  but my sister posted about it here).  I bought them because they were an awesome price (mine were $6 each) and I loved the shape. It looked too plain, though.
So I bought some fabric and used this awesome tutorial by Janell Beals from Isabella & Max Rooms to recover it with fabric. This is how I did it, in a condensed version:
1. Buy your fabric. (I bought 1 1/2 yards for two lampshades and I had extra).
2. Lay it out on the floor, roll and trace your shade, leaving about 2” on each side.
3. Cut it out.
4. Iron until all wrinkles are out.
5. Wrap your fabric around the shade, and glue using liquid stitch. (Make sure you pull it tightly so there are no wrinkles.)

This stuff worked great.

Place the shade on your lamp and ta-da! So much better. But I have been debating one thing:
Would you paint the base?? I like the contrast of the black, but wonder if I should lighten it up a bit? What do you think? Do you have anything in your home that you are debating whether to paint or not?Ahh, decisions, decisions. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

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