Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chalk Up a Scripture

A couple of months ago I scores three of these awesome windows at a friend's garage sale.  I painted the frame of one, turned it into a chalkboard, and blogged about it here.

Last week I had my husband do some repair to the frame and cut me a board to make another chalkboard.  I decided to leave this one shabby white.  Once it was done, I looked for a scripture to fill the two panels.  Psalm 13:5-6 not only fit, but expressed my heart!

This is just chalked on so I guess whomever buys this one can keep it or erase it.

That's the beauty of a chalkboard!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Graphic Black and White

I've had the itch to do something a little more "out of the box" (as if my "normal" is in-the-box!).  Anyway, I found this dresser at a garage sale this summer and have spent quite a bit of time staring at it, looking at picture in Pinterest, and flip-flopping on design ideas.  It really was a blank canvas, suited for just about anything.

It didn't come without issues.  Why do kids feel the need to leave their mark in the furniture?

No worries! Nothing that a little putty and sanding can't fix!

So I finally settled on a plan: black and white.  That's when the heavens parted and the angels sang!  See, I was walking through an antique mall a few weeks ago and that's when I found it.  A chalk paint in black!  Now I'm an Annie Sloan junkie. It's by far my favorite paint.  But Annie's Graphite is a dark gray.  Great for lots of things, but no substitute for black.  I've got a few quarts of CeCe Caldwell, too.  But she doesn't make a black either!  Well there's another sister out there making paint, Maison Blanche.  And she makes a black!

So after repairing the artwork on the top, I gave it two coats of Maison Blanche's Wrought Iron.  I painted the body of the dresser in ASCP Old White.

The drawers were painted in black, too.  Then I primed and painted the pulls in black so they would blend in.

I liked the black and white combo, but it was missing something.

See that big empty space crying for attention?  Ask and it shall be given!  I turned to my Silhouette Cameo to create a stencil.

Each end panel got a skeleton key!  And while I was working on adding graphic black and white elements...

I added a graphic image to the top, too!  It's very Art Deco!

I painted the mirror frame white, but it was too stark.  So, I taped off a stripe and painted it black.

I love it when it all comes together!

A couple of coats of clear wax and she's ready to go!

Isn't it striking??

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's Fall, Ya'll

The calendar says that yesterday was the first day of autumn.  My allergies certainly know that fall is in the air.  Someone forgot to change the thermostat, however.  It was 95 degrees here in Texas yesterday and today.  So to help get myself in the mood, I planted some mums and decorated the mantle.

When I bought my house years ago, this rock fireplace was my favorite feature.

I keep it filled with vintage ironstone and change out the accessories for the seasons.

I've had these wooden pumpkins for years and they're perfect to pile in a shabby urn.

This red watering can is my most recent addition.  It's got great patina and will carry on into Christmas.

Who says a wreath has to hang?

It's starting to feel like fall inside.  Now if outside would just cooperate!

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