Well, I was excited to share a project I was working on and then my camera crashed!
My husband took a look at it and may have fixed it?
I tried using my daughters Nikon coolpix, but I have no idea how of how to work with it.
I am so used to my Sony DSLR, my photos kept coming out grainy using her camera.
Hoping to purchase a new camera in the near future.
(first photos are from her camera)
When you take as many photos as I do, I think it’s good to have two cameras.
Are you ready?
Let’s get onto the project I wanted to share with you all today.
This easy DIY framed chalkboard wall.
About a year ago I found this old chippy window frame.
For awhile I used it to display my beautiful boxwood wreath that I purchased from Decor Steals.
I can’t remember if I shared this but it was featured in an advertisement for Decor Steals in Romantic Homes magazine.
That was a fun surprise!
And then, last summer when I held my sale, I sold my chippy wood star that I had hanging in my laundry room.
I really regret selling that now, oh well I hope I find another one someday!
Removing this star left an empty spot in my laundry room.
I had no idea of what to put here, so it’s been bare since August.
Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that.
I really wanted to try chalk type paint on my walls to use as a chalkboard.
But I could not decide where to paint one until the other day.
I knew that chippy frame would look perfect here.
And hey why not make it a chalkboard?
But, instead of cutting a piece of wood and fitting it into my frame, I decided to paint my wall using chalky paint by Heirloom Traditions, using the color Buff Rose.
First I measured my window frame opening.
Then I pulled out my painters tape that I already had.
This stuff is pretty old, I can’t even remember the last time I used it!
I measured my area which is 20 x 20 made my markings on the wall, the placed tape on the outside of my markings.
Before I started painting, I measured it one more time to make sure it was going to be the correct size.
Then with a foam roller brush I started painting using Heirloom traditions paint Buff Rose.
Remember I told you that it’s one of my favorite pink paint colors!
I also love using Blushing by Heirloom Traditions.
Aren’t these two pinks pretty!
And I love the containers, they are plastic.
The plastic prevents that rusty crusty stuff that forms on the top of those metal cans.
Okay, so let’s get back to this project.
Oh and by the way, this wall has a semi-gloss paint on it.
I was not sure if adding a flat finish would adhere, but it did!
This was painted using three coats of pain.
I made sure that each coat dried before adding the next coat.
Next, I seasoned my wall, just as I shared recently in this post HERE.
Make sure to always season your chalkboard before writing on it.
If not, you will be left with permanent markings of whatever you are writing.
After seasoning my wall, I hung my window frame up.
Now it’s time to write on it 🙂
Since this is a light painted chalkboard, I used my bright color chalk.
Before writing I dipped it into a little water.
This makes the color a little brighter.
It almost looks like crayon.
Isn’t this a fun idea!
I know it’s a little bright and hard to see in this photo.
This room is very narrow, and very hard to shoot photos in with the lighting.
Here is another shot.
This is in our laundry/mudroom.
It will be a fun adding little notes or celebrations to this framed chalkboard wall.
For now, I decided to add a little Valentine note for my family.
Let me share another secret, you can see I am only showing you half of my laundry room.
The other side is a hot mess!
Yes it’s staged.
I love rose’s so you will always see these in my photos.
But I don’t have a habit of keeping them right by my door as we enter in.
I guess that would be in a fantasy world right 😉
But they do look pretty in my French market basket.
Normally what you would see in this spot is our shoe tray full of salt from the outdoor snow.
A messy thrown coat on that lamp hook and the other side of the laundry room, well you don’t even want to know.
Oh, and you can sort of see my door, I painted that with chalkboard paint too.
Right now it’s blank, I need to write something….hmmm….writers block.
Anyway it’s fun to add little notes on that door too.
I seriously could paint all of my walls with chalkboard paint, but maybe that would be a little too crazy, huh?
Off to to my laundry and clean things up.
Oh, before you go just wanted to mention I will be adding a few new items in the shop this afternoon or tomorrow.
So keep checking back.
(White Lace Cottage is an affiliate for Heirloom Traditions Paint. Please read disclosure policy)