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Friday, January 7, 2011

Chalkboard Obsession!

Hello Ladies,
Hope you have had a great week, I am so ready for the weekend!  How about you? 
Do you love chalkboards as much as I do?  I love making them, and thought I would share my latest creations with you.  I've been making chalkboards for the past year or so, and I just discovered the new chalkboard vinyl!  I love it!  I used it for the three chalkboards here, that began life as picture frames.
 I really love this frame!  It has the look and feel of a vintage piece (though it is not).  I painted it Heirloom White of course!  I love the pretty ribbon motif at the top and bottom of the frame.
 Lots of pretty detailing.
 Some distressing and Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze add to the vintage feel.
I am always on the lookout for vintage Syroco pieces, so I was thrilled when I came across this large picture frame.  I knew right away that I wanted to paint it light blue.  It has some really pretty detailing, and faux wood grain that looks surprisingly realistic!
 Blue paint + chalkboard vinyl = true love!!

 A rather boring picture frame got a makeover with more Heirloom White and Ralph Lauren glaze! 
 I love the details of this frame.  While it is not old, it has a wonderful vintage feel that I really find so appealing!!

I have put these chalkboards in my Etsy shop, if you are interested.  Hope you have a great weekend!
I've linked up with the following terrific parties:
504 Main Tickled Pink Party
Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings Creative Spirit Challenge 
Cottage Instincts Make it For Monday


Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Love chalk board paint too! These came out great.

Tete said...

Glad you found the vinyl! Still, there seems to be something missing here....oh, what could it be?

GLITTER! There's still no glitter!

NanaDiana said...

Love the chalkboards, Donna! I don't even know what vinyl chalkboard is!? What? No glitter??? You do such a nice job of making the old look "old"...lol...do you think there is anything you could do with me? I am at work (shhhh)...hope YOU are having a great weekend. Hugs- Diana

Anonymous said...

The chalkboards turned out amazing! Love the detail on those gorgeous frames!

Beautiful new header! Have a great weekend!

Christine said...

I am a huge fan of chalkboards! These are works of art indeed. The chalkboard vinyl sounds a bit easier to deal with than the paint...though I do love it still!

Lynn Richards said...

These are gorgeous, Donna. I have never heard of chalkboard vinyl..sounds pretty cool, though.

Linda said...

These are beautiful, Donna! I have a couple I want to make...I have never heard of chalkboard vinyl either...I'll have to check that out! Thanks!

Donna said...

Love how they all turned out but especially love the first ribbon one! They will make a spot look terrific!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
These are GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE your chalkboards...thanks SO much for linking them up!!!!

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love your chalkboards, they are so pretty.
I've made a few, but they don't look as good as yours. I sometimes have trouble getting the chalk paint on properly. Do you have secret?


Rebecca said...

I love making chalkboards too-yours are wonderful!

June@I will craft said...

Great frames. I have some vinyl chalkboard but haven't used it yet. I have a few frames I got recently - I think I might finally use my vinyl chalkboard I have.

Susan said...

Love all your frames, Donna. You're inspiring me to paint some of mine white. I'll have to look for your favorite 'Heirloom White' paint, hee hee. Have a great week!
- Susan

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I didn't know there was chalkboard vinyl. I will have to look for that...your boards are fabulous! I don't own even one chalkboard...I really have to rectify that!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, fun. I've been wanting to make one of these for a while. Didn't know about chalkboard vinyl though. I guess it makes it easier.

Thank you for sharing your great project. Found you through Creative Spirit Challenge. Have a gorgeous day.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Those are fabulous! You are starting to make me want some blue, in a BAD way...I might just have to ask someone for some ideas...hehehe

Linda M. said...

They are very special chalkboards. So pretty!

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE this!!! LOVE your blog! Would LOVE for you to link this up at



Holly said...

I think chalkboard paint is awesome...cannot get enough of it. I went to a junk/craft show and all these women were swooning over chalkboards on platters, in pretty frames...and I thought clearly you do not blog, because there are even prettier ones out there...like YOURS!

JaninaCakes said...

I'm making my very first chalkboard now. Love how its looking so far. :)