Tuesday, June 8, 2010

All Those Months Of Stalking Blogs Paid Off!


I had my first invite to Guest Host!! Yeee-Haaa! Thanks Meg! She has a great blog called A Little Knick Knack. She has a lot of great craft projects and kids projects, so go on over and check her out.

A month or so ago I bought a bedroom suit on Craigslist. It was advertised as  having a night stand, dresser, mirror and chest of drawers. When I got there I notice a headboard on the front porch. I asked if it was for sale and they said it went with the suit I was getting but it was broke. I checked it out and it was a mess. Not just a mess, but ugly to boot. It was 4 panels hung on 2 runners. Just not right! I had been looking at too many blogs to let ugly stand in my way. They said I could have it. We tried to get it in the truck but it was full. So what do I do???? I asked for tools and started to dismantle it. I didn't want it for a headboard. I just knew I could do something with the panels that were on it.

Let me show you what it started out as.....This will help you to see why I couldn't leave them behind!

Had to cut off a little on the bottom and sand it.

All primed up and starting to show her potential
Taped with Frog Tape and 3 coats of chalk board paint.

Chalk board dried, then covered and sprayed with  several coats of white satin Krylon

Sand her up real good. It's OK to be rough.

mixed a little black paint with some brown glaze, looks kinda like grey mud. Slather it on and rub off with a damp cloth. I prefer micro-fiber towels

From white and bright to just right! Just about there!!!

At this point in the journey I finished slathering the glaze on and rubbing it off. When that was done I sprayed a coat of Clear Sealant on it, then pulled of the paper to expose the chalk board! TaDa!


I can't stop here...a few more parting shots.....

Aged to perfection.



I have 3 more of these beauties to do something with!

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22 comments:

Anita said...

Wow Melinda really great job! Were they wood? Looks beautiful with the paint treatment you did.

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Melinda! This is gorgeous! I can't believe you cut that bed apart...but I'm glad you did! Congrats on the guest post! My first experience was no bueno...So Yay for you! and whatta great chalkboard!

Cinnamonstitch said...

That is absolutely beautiful, I just love when old gets another chance..Great job

Decorchick! said...

Melinda this is beautiful!! You did a great job sanding too...the more the better. :) Chalkboards are awesome, great job!!

April Francom said...

This is FANTASTIC!! It is so fun to change something that is so UGLY into something so BEAUTIFUL! Great job!

* I have never used spray paint before...so do you always put a protective coat on after you have sprayed to seal everything or just because you glazed it??? Thanks

Patti said...

Really great piece! I love it!

mle said...

What a fantastic makeover! That is the fanciest chalkboard ever - my To-do list is drooling : )

Pam said...

Super thinking is evident here; yeah for you. It's a great redo!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I'm jealous! THis is gorgeous! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my 'featured" button.

KristiYaYa said...

You have an AB FAB eye for possibilities!!!!! I've got you in my faves now!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Jean said...

that's quite possibly the cutest chalkboard ever.

♥ Calamity Anne ♥ said...

That has to be the classiest chalkboard I've ever seen! Great repurposing job!!!

Andrea@LemonadeSpring said...

Amazing transformation! Makes me want to find some super ugly headboards.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Most excellent project! It reminds me of a doorway from Lord of the Rings...an ancient doorway with many stories to tell. Love it!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

had to laugh at the title of this post. yet another awesome project. LOVE the black worked into the grooves.

Green Willow Pond said...

Stunning chalkboard. I'm not generally a fan of chalkboards...but I loooove this one!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Fantastic! Great job!

Life in Rehab said...

You're just brilliant!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

AMAZING! I love it!
Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related No.11!
{Rebekah}

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

Beautiful!!

Thanks so much for linking up to Pajama Party at Life In My Pjs!!

~Ela

My Magic Mom said...

That was one ugly headboard, for sure! I can't imagine more of those all put together for it. Yikes. It makes an awesome chalkboard though! Great job!!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great idea great makeover. im your newest follower