A Beach Cottage, the Vintage Headboard & Decorating with Chalkboard Paint
Tue 24th, Aug, 2010
Well hello! How you all going?
I am good, though if you Facebook with me you’ll know, I had an interesting start to the week yesterday re being a mum who forgets Dress-Up Day. I will say no more.
Sooo, I am mega-busy, the sort of busy where you are not quite sure what to do next so you end up getting not much achieved….You get that too, right? I am trying to get things for my new shop sorted out and ready to go, attending about a million and one kiddos sporting events, negotiating with new door people (oh yes I said I have a new door coming hooray).
Anyway, in the middle of all that last week I put everything aside and spent some time doing this just for me.
I dunno about you but sometimes I just need to zone-out, I was on information, technology, life, overload and so I decided to go dig in the garden and do some painting.
So this is what I painted….that headboard I found on the side of the road recently, well this is the smaller end of it.
There were soooo many wonderful suggestions for what to do with them on here (you can read more about how and where I found them and see a before pic right here) but in the end with the smaller section I decided on a chalkboard…just because I thought I wouldn’t come across a patina like this easily again and just because, well I guess I am in chalkboard-paint-obsession mode…
So this is yet another use for chalkboard paint and I can’t help feeling that this stuff’s possibilities are somewhat endless…find an old bed end, throw on some chalkboard paint, and instantly a transformation occurs right before your eyes and you can sit back, sigh with self-indulgent pleasure and declare oneself one seriously crafty diva. It really is a shame one cannot paint this on one’s face ;-)
I love the instant uniqueness this paint drops to pieces…old frames, vintage doors, pieces of old wood…the dark of the paint seems to perfectly offset most anything I’ve tried it on and I love how the silky velvet darkness balances all the white in this old place…
Even if you are not a chalk-board lover, you will, I believe, be bowled over by the power of this paint…this stuff is so persuasive you will find yourself frantically looking around at things that can be re-invented. You will paint an old door or frame…a few weeks will go by and then you will have another go…just to be certain…
I wanted a leetle bit of French on this…I blame this wholeheartedly on Kasey and her Paris sign.
So I stenciled on some words for the Francophile in me…for when I sit in here eating my breakfast a million miles away from gay Paris. And dreaming about it with Elizabeth David.
And that my friends is that for now…never underestimate the power of a can of paint.
Or the beach.
See you all next time