A Beach Cottage Year in Review – Chalkboard Paint

Mon 27th, Dec, 2010

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G’day, how the devil are you?

I hope you enjoyed yourselves, we did, a Christmas swim, turkey, Christmas Carols, Australian seafood the like of which you wouldn’t believe and three very happy BC Kidlets..

So it’s time to review the year in Beach Cottage Land, it’s been a funny year for me, for a whole manner of reasons but one thing I did do a lot of was slapping chalkboard paint on many a thing…

In September I made over an old fridge with it, it was an eye opener project, the fridge though in good working order was destined for landfill…but what can chalkboard paint not cure huh?

This is how it looked before…


It’s been filled with champagne, strawberries and chocolate ever since ;-)

You can read more about it here and you can see the free BC Tutorial on how I did it here


In August in the depths of winter ;-) , I felt the need to zap a few things with the paint and because I am loving noticeboards around here I upcycled an old headboard that I had found sitting on the side of the road

…we’ve made good use of it as a to-do list maker and of course, I put daily chores for the BC Crew up here… ;-)


but this one, and still my fave, the old vintage door….she has made many appearance on this here blog the past year…this was the door that was spied by Mr BC on the bus into the city one day with a ‘free’ sign on it….now it’s the sixth member of the BC Crew

back in February she was part of the me failing to have a Supermum moment


in October the famous chalkboard vintage door was in an episode of BCTV

and just recently she held my Christmas Wishes


I used her to communicate about DIY and draped here in garlands and shells


And bless her, she had to endure, as did everyone in this old cottage my French phase…


and just recently dressed her up for Christmas time with fairy lights…


So, if you happen to see a vintage door, an old headboard or really any manner of things as you go about your business, I encourage you to invite them into your home, slather on a copious amount of chalkboard paint and welcome into your family with abandon…

Over and out


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45 Responses to “A Beach Cottage Year in Review – Chalkboard Paint”

  1. fantastic post, i have come to love chalkboard paint because of you and your blog. for me i have many assorted blackboards around our home, and look forward to bringing many more in over the coming year.

  2. LOIS Gibbs says:

    Dear Sarah, It’s been a wonderfully inspiring year with you as the inspiration/idea creator. I actually can’t remember which month I first discovered you, but I am so glad I did! I have gotten so many ideas from you, and since I’ll be moving into a new apartment next month, it’ll be a clean slate where I can use some of those ideas.
    Thanks for everything, and keep sharing it all with us.

  3. DogsMom says:

    Wonderful year end post. Of course you make me want to linger and reread them all again.
    I have listed some great link up parties this post would be a welcome addition to, share some year end love.

    I am guilty of seeing some rundown (still useful) items and thinking (perhaps aloud) that would be wonderful with a coat of chalkboard paint. Sometimes my companions give me the strangest looks. It is comforting to know I am not the only one whose thoughts drift in such a direction.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Barefoot Liz says:

    Love that last pic! I haven’t used chalkboard paint in years (it’s stinky!) but I should try to come up with a project. I could definitely use some writing surfaces around here. Maybe for a daily or weekly schedule for my son to follow.

  5. What a lovely post :) I adore all of your chalkboard creations!! I’m now inspired to create a chalkboard out of something old :)

    Happy New Year!

  6. vosgesparis says:

    Love this post It has een a good year I think , also for blogging, meeting new people and on and on ;)
    Thank you to for giving so much fun this last year
    big hug from me to you ,

  7. Beth West says:

    It’s been a beautiful and creative year. Thanks for sharing your adventures with all of us.

  8. Serenity says:

    What a great post! I have gained so much inspiration from your blog this year. I made my first blackboard a few weeks ago and it turned out brilliantly, it was so much easier than I expected!

    Thanks for the motivation,

  9. Beth West says:

    I forgot to add that I’m on the hunt now for an old door that I can cover with chalkboard paint :)

  10. Effie says:

    Wonderful post!
    Thanks to you I have been completely inspired by all things vintage, white and beachy.
    I’m glad you’ve found the time to inspire everyone daily with your posts, I have just recently
    painted a blackboard of my own and loved the result.

    Thanks a lot,
    Happy blogging!

  11. marylou says:

    It has been such a delightful year following the BC Crew…there are those of us with hardships to handle and your blog has been an escape to a very magical place, allowing us to forget for a moment and truly enjoy the important things in life….family and friends;-)
    When I have felt that I could not manage another day without an insanity plea, LOL, I find Sarah at the beach, crew in tow and a lovely picnic basket (with real china) WOOHOO…Yes dear Sarah, you have done more for many of us than you know and I for one am looking forward to another year of magic!!


  12. Bobbie says:

    I love that fridge! Such a great idea!

  13. Elsina says:

    Thank you for a year of inspiration! Love the chalkboard paint, but I don’t think I ever have seen it in our local stores. DIY is not really big developed yet here.

  14. Angela says:

    Great ideas. Love roadside finds myself, but would never have thought to cover an old fridge. It works! Always appreciate a kindred soul who too loves to save things from the landfill. Merry Christmas.

  15. Donna says:

    Great projects. I like the little fridge. Also, love the holiday lights on your chalk door.

  16. Angie says:

    Love all your chalkboard playing ! I bet that fridge came in handy for all the extra holiday food !

  17. April says:

    Oooh thanks Sarah, must say I copied your fridge, came up a treat, would never have thought of it if not for you blog ;) Wishing you Happy days!

  18. April says:

    oops *your*

    • Judie says:

      “BC Tutorial on how I did it here” It’s under the before picture of the frige that’s now filled with goodies…. And IE wouldn’t go there, At least my computer didn’t find the tutorial.

      Loving your blog,

  19. Deanne says:

    I too have had a love affair with chalkboard paint! My fridge- you know the one that inspired your fridge bit the dust:( I now have a new fridge but its too good to chalk board up just yet! Anyway, hope you had a good Chrissie and it wasn’t too wet! Hey what did you get on your wish list?

  20. It’s very cool how you manage to breathe life into things other people will not look twice at. bravo~

  21. Very neat idea. I still love the headboard upcycle! I haven’t used chalkboard paint yet but have that project in the back of my mind!

  22. Melinda says:

    I think this is my favourite post ever Sarah!! I have 2 of those headboards lurking in my garage under severe threat of Mr taking them to the tip. I have now resorted to hiding them behind a mattress and you have given me the absolutely perfect idea of what to do with at least 1 of them. And that bar fridge well that is PURE genius. You are so awesome ! Mel xxx

  23. Lisa says:

    Chalkboard paint is as exciting as white paint – who knew?? My days of painting are stretching far into the future.

    Lisa x

  24. Mary Harper says:

    Merry Christmas Sarah! Love this post…I picked up a can of chalkboard paint at Bunnings the other day and thought of you. I hope you and the BC crew have a great break over the Summer and enjoy a wonderful New Year. I look forward to reading your blogs in 2011. Now I have to get back to my beach holiday on the Surf Coast of Victoria in a place called Torquay.

  25. Alice says:

    Lol, my husband just groaned and walked away muttering something about me being the death of him under his breath, mid centre when I suggested chalkboard paint for some projects outside for the kids. I love to be inspired and this blog does it nicely for me. have a happy new year!

  26. Sarah, what a nice look back at your chalk board projects. I did one myself this year, we found the most lovely framed old picture, I painted the frame white and the picture which was basically cardboard only a bit more sturdy, in a deep brown chalk board paint. It hangs in my dining room for now. I do get bored easy so no telling how long it will be there. As for your famous door, it’s the most lovely door ever. The first time I saw it was on The Old Painted Cottage “cottage of the month” which is when I saw your entire home. I did see your lovely sofa when I searched for pillows online so I suppose all blogland paths lead back to The Beach Cottage ;) So glad I found you. Hugs, from the West Coast USA, tami

  27. ok you are on Sarah, this is going to be one of my little projects these holidays. Chalkboard something (but not one of the kids)

  28. Carly says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Glad to hear your Christmas was a lovely one. Just wanted to post and say that I did your Thanksgiving bean casserole for a Christmas lunch side and it went down a treat. Will definitely be added to my repertoire.

  29. Where would we be without chalkboard paint?? lol! You have certainly helped inspire us all into slapping and spraying that wonderous stuff all over our homes, Sarah!

    xoxo laurie

  30. gretchen says:

    I had a great old original door to my basement from the kitchen in my 1929 Cape Cod house that I did the chalkboard thing – it looked wonderful. I moved a few months ago after the house sold in just ONE WEEK- you know it was the chalkboard! ….am still trying to figure out just where to do the chalkboard thing in my new even older home.

  31. Teresa T. says:

    You are the greatest! Luuuuuvvvvvvv you!

    Teresa T. SNOW in North Carolina-White Christmas, love to watch the movie, like the magic of snow, but not the COOOOLLLLDDDD!

    Please say a WARM prayer for us.

    Happy New Year!!!!!

  32. Annie says:

    Great end of year post! Definitely on the look out for an old door that would work…love it!
    Have a Happy New Year!

  33. Heather says:

    chalkboard paint bring it on! I’m with ya.. anything is fair game.. watch out kids!!! LOL :)
    So happy to hear you had a happy Christmas.. keep the happiness coming!

  34. Oh wow……I love this! I think I know someone who needs to go buy some chalkboard paint:)

    Happy Holidays!

  35. Franzi says:

    i love those chalkboards and the ideas are just great, especially the door!

  36. Delcie says:

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and the BC gang! I like the vintage door the best!

  37. Roxanne says:

    Thanks for your wonderful BC posts! You are an inspiration! Have a beachy new year!

    Now, if you need any vintage bling bling, please visit me :) I have oodles to list…..so keep checking back :)

  39. As a matter of fact…while my son is recovering from surgery and i am high on his medication…
    i might just paint my wall under the stairs in chalkboard paint.
    Then if it doesn’t turn out right…i will blame it on the drugs.

  40. lily says:

    géniale votre frigo ^^

  41. Jem says:

    I love your door!! Especially love your Christmas list on her! ‘Kitchen Aid – must be white’ Classic :-)

    Hope you have a 2011 filled with health, happiness and lots more vintage finds!!!

    Jem xXx

  42. Hello Beach Cottage – I loved your chalk projects and I linked this to my chalkboard paint project post – come on over and check it out!

  43. Jessica says:

    I doing the same thing with our mini-fridge, but was disappointed that the link to the tutorial doesn’t work…