Well…it seems like a long time ago when I entered my dining room in Debra at Common Ground’s Design Challenge. I took to heart all of the fabulous ideas and suggestions offered by Debra’s readers and have slowly been implementing them between finishing up my kitchen remodel.
I think I might have been juggling too many remodeling balls at one time but I am almost done with all of my current projects. whew! Just in time for the holidays!
So, I’m excited to give you a little sneak peek of my dining room as I share this fun project I just completed. I first saw this idea on the fabulous Miss Mustard Seed’s blog and knew I wanted to make one as well.
I just love the idea of having a chalkboard in a dining area to share the menu of the evening or to have a fun seasonal quote. Even better this is what you see immediately when you walk in our front door. I love greeting my guests in this way!
To create my chalkboard, I used some inexpensive framed art that went with my old dining room color scheme but that I was now no longer using.
I know, it’s pretty. But it was bought on clearance and it was gathering dust in the garage. And the frame was perfect for my project!
It was actually harder to remove the canvas than I thought it would be. I ended up cutting the canvas out with an exacto knife.
I left the wood frame intact because I found when I tried to remove it, it was starting to damage the decorative frame. I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I scrounged up a piece of scrap beadboard from my kitchen project.
I measured the size I needed by flipping the frame over and measuring the outer opening. This way I could attach the board to the inside frame from the back and any cut edged would be concealed. Next I painted the back of the beadboard with two coats of chalkboard paint and painted the inside plain wood frame by mixing some acrylic champagne and pearlized white paint to get a nice sheen. I then nailed the board onto the inner frame from the back.
Here you can see an up close glimpse of the white paint on the inner frame and the pretty sheen.
And here’s how it looks when you come in my front door. What do you think about my new wall color and wainscoting? I’ve added it to the dining room and my entry and hallway! It was a ton of work but so worth it! We have to finish the flooring, add a chandelier and hang the curtains and then I’ll share the big reveal! Do you like my subtle Halloween touches? I adore the little black “chandelier” and mirror cut-outs. Dollar Tree of course!
Robert Louis Stevenson is one of my favorite authors and poets and I love this quote by him. I thought it was perfect for Autumn and a reminder of how each day we plant seeds into the lives of others. I hope that is how you see us here At The Picket Fence…as seed planters. We strive to plant seeds of joy, happiness, encouragement, inspiration and truth into the lives of our readers…
and you each do the same for us. And the harvest? Why beautiful friendships of course!
Thank you for taking a peek at my dining room. I hope you like my little DIY Framed Chalkboard Art and as always….thank you for joining me At The Picket Fence!
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