Monday, March 8, 2010

What's for dinner?

I don't know about you guys, but my husband is always asking me, "What's for dinner tonight?"  I saw this chalkboard in PB and the $150 price tag and thought, "I can make that!"  


I found this old print and actually got it for free!
Don't worry, I Googled the artist and nothing came up for this painting.

It was filthy dirty when I got it home.  After cleaning it up really good, I loved the frame color!  I was going to spray paint it black but the yellow and orange matched my kitchen/dining room perfectly!

The frame was a little dinged up.  I really liked the look of that so I distressed a little more and did a wash with some black acrylic paint.

The black acrylic really brought out all of the imperfections.  It looks really weathered.  Totally the look I was wanting!

I put a couple of coats of primer right over the painting.


Then I just painted the chalkboard on!

After the chalkboard paint dried, I had to cure it by rubbing chalk over the entire area then wiping it off.
 

Next, I had to put a picture hanger on the back because for one, it was a horizontal painting and I wanted a vertical chalkboad, plus the wire that was attached to the back to hang the picture from was pretty rusted and nasty.

I tried it out last night...

Perfect!  After dinner, I erased it and wrote the entire week's menu. 

Total cost: $0!!  I had the primer from my countertops and Mom had some leftover chalkboard paint.  So put that in your pipe and smoke it, PB!  Sorry, that was mean... I still love you :o)

Linking this to a bunch of parties this week... check them all out here!  There are some pretty crafty ladies out there!

37 comments:

Kristen said...

fabulous! Good job!

Dollface said...

oh my gosh you made this!! Its so amazing.... i love how crafty you are :) xxxoo

Nancy said...

I love it! Great job!

Nancy

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love chalkboards!!! Yours is great!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I laughed when I saw that you put the Kilz right over the painting! Too funny and a great chalkboard! Joni

Kaysi said...

That looks great! I love chalkboards and I really need to do something with my can of chalk board paint!

Lisa B. said...

Great minds think alike! lol love your blog and your chalkbboard. Hope you can stop by my place.

fuzbukt said...

Chocolate chip cookies?

Chocolate chip cookies on the menu?

Obviously, not REAL chocolate chip cookies.

Let's have a little truth in advertising, OK?

Laney said...

Great idea! I had something like this in the back of my mind, but never thought too much about it. Hubby said "why don't you write out a week's menu & put in on the fridge?". I thought, "um...no! chalkboard!". LOL

Meg said...

That's excellent. Great work. I love the idea. I'm running out of wall space in my kitchen! Maybe I can move the fridge to make room for this? :) Just out of curiosity, what happens if you don't "cure" it? I've never used chalkboard paint before....!

Hepworths said...

I'm not really into the whole chalk-board craze going on right now, but I really really like this one a lot!! Nothing beats a basic chalk board with a nice frame. Perfect for the kitchen.

Allison @ http://www.houseofhepworths.com/

Lala said...

Good work! It looks great! When you first said you wanted the PB one, I almost said, "IKEA has the same thing for 10 bucks!" but then I realized you don't have IKEA. Doesn't matter anyway, because Free beats everything!!

mmtncrfts said...

Great idea. I'll have to keep my eyes open for things to transform. Thanks for sharing:)

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Amy @ The Bell Family said...

Very nice! I have been wanting to try out some chalkboard paint!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Okay, I LOVE this!! You make it sound so easy to do too. I have been wanting to make one but was worried it was too much work!! Turned out just like PB only better since it was free!!

I would love for you to join up to my Spring has Sprung party and share this Friday! There is a giveaway too. :)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That is such a cute idea...and FREE! Wow, nothing wrong with cute and free. I wish I had somewhere to hang that in my kitchen!

Leslie said...

Ok, I'm gonna have to do this!

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

This is fabulous! I have never thought of doing it over an existing canvas like this! Very cool.

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com

The Persimmon Perch said...

Great job on your redo! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Hoosier Homemade said...

Love this! Super neat idea! I have just the spot to put one too!
I'm visiting from Tip Junkie!
~Liz

Team Carroll said...

Cute & free is my favorite! Looks great!!!

eye_on_sparrow said...

That is a fabulous idea. I could probably do that with stuff I already have too.

Lanie Ree said...

Wow, this is wonderful! I love it. And I kind of need one.

Thank you for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

concretenprimroses said...

Terrific! There are so many framed prints out there that no one seems to want. Good reuse!
Kathy

Jessica Sievers said...

Super Cute and I love the PRICETAG!!! Thanks for joining me at my weekly "Show Us What You're Workin' With Wednesday" party, I hope to see you back next week!!

Jessica
meandmybucket.blogspot.com

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That turned out great and love that it was free!

I had to laugh when you said you googled the artist! I'm always afraid that I'm going to destroy some priceless piece of art I find at goodwill!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

fawnda said...

Great job! It looks great hanging on your wall! : )

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Super job and way to work the re-do! I love DIY that turns out as good or better than the expensive counterpart. Way to go!

LuckyStarErin said...

That is way too cute! I also love your wall color. It'll be so nice to get out in the garage again and paint again now that it's spring!

Denise Marie said...

way to go, girlie. I'm proud of you for googling the painting 1st.

Nathalie said...

Love the result! I'll have to keep this idea in mind :)

Lanie Ree said...

You might want to check out this post :)

http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2010/03/featuring-you_12.html

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi there! :) I love that you left the frame pretty much as-is...plus it was less work than repainting. The price was right for this project!

Thanks for sharing the step-by-step...I've seen finished chalkboard projects where people have gone over paintings, but wasn't sure how the surface would look during the process.

I'm stopping by from the kojo designs Friday Fun Favorites party. Hope you'll come by for a visit. :)

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

My husband and kids are always asking me "What's for dinner" it drives me crazy. I love the idea of the chalkboard. I looks great.
Thanks for sharing.
Brooke

The Bearded Lady (Laura) said...

Put this in your pipe and smoke it? Ha, ha!! LOL!! I needed that tonight!!

Your chalkboard is DARLING!! Great job!! I found you via Me and My Bucket!

Thank you for sharing!! Looking forward to more of your projects.

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE this... I have some leftover chalkboard paint that needs to be put to good use- this would be perfect. :)
thanks for linking!

Jerri said...

Chalkboards are so IN right now. Great project!

Thanks for linking up at my party. Hope to see you again this week!