Beach Cottage Christmas Before/After with Chalkboard Paint
Tue 7th, Dec, 2010
Good moaning! Down Under calling.
I don’t know if you’ve seen around lots of places the craze for chalkboards with Christmas messages? Maybe it’s just the shops that I frequent…I have seen them everywhere and to be honest couldn’t justify with oh at least 3 cans of chalkboard paint stashed in my garage, buying what is little more than a picture frame with the middle bit painted.
Then, I came across a piece of slate in Salvos one morning, browsing for vintage stuff with a coffee. Score. Just what I wanted to hang around with a festive note on it or perhaps, more like, a note to oneself to remember what this busy season is really about.
So this is what it looked like when I found it…
…it’s one of those primitive-crafty-doody things and the shape was exactly the same as one I had seen in the beachy boutique with a price tag that was oh about ten times as much as the four dollar one on this one. When I got it home and turned it over it seems that actually this is a piece of handcut slate from a roofting tile of an old Ohioan barn. It reads: ‘the uneven surfaces show years exposed to the weather. No two are alike. May it be a blessing in your home’.
How nice then that it found its way to this side of the world and rather than buy one that had more than likely been made on a factory floor in china, I upcycled this and saved the planet.
I cannot tell you any tips or secrets here, any DIY/crafty sidesteps cos literally this took all of 30 seconds…have a paintbrush and can of chalkboard paint (or even quicker a spraycan) and you can do it.
and go to the blog party at CENTSATIONAL GIRL, where you’ll find lovely little hearts that are rocking the BC boat (I am going to try and make these too, woohoo!) and if you are into making wreaths, I love this cozy one at Melissa’s, The Inspired Room.
All I need now, is snow.
And it’ll cost me a helluva lot more than four dollars to get me some of that on this side of the world right now.
See you around kiddos.
p.s. giveaway winners announced tomorrow, you can still comment to win some Illy…new giveaway later this week…