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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chalkboard Frame



Since Christmas I have just had some random things over here on this little wall between our family room and kitchen. In early February I moved our little hot chocolate station over here for easier access and so I could decorate in the dining room. I will probably keep it out just another week or two and then once the warmer weather is here for good I will put it away. I think Lillie will be quite disappointed seeing when the chocolate bits are moved and she won't be able to "sneak" any more. I haven't let her in on the fact that if she asks to "sneak" two chocolate chips it kind of makes it not sneaking. =)

I was torn on what to put above here since I moved everything around in the fall. I had a canvas of the girls over here the past month or so but it wasn't the right size. I had a few ideas for something I could make but then when I was cleaning the garage I found an old framed poster and figured I could add some chalkboard paint to it while I was cleaning. And sure enough, by the time the garage was clean I had something new to hang on that little wall! Yay! It will probably be temporary until I can do the larger project I have it mind but for now I really like how it looks. Especially seeing how our other chalkboard wall (you can see the whole post here) is really more for Lillie:

(sorry, phone pics aren't the greatest)


 Anyway, here is the old framed poster that was in the garage. (I had painted the frame a few years ago).

First I taped around the edge and rubbed some sandpaper on the poster in hopes it would flatten out the bubbles and make the paint adhere easier although I doubt it was necessary:

Then my helper rolled on the paint and I trimmed the edges.


Nice and simple and best of all FREE!

I feel like our family room is starting to feel more complete!




We got e-mails asking what we used for our hot cocoa station when we showed it back in January. There are two types of cocoa, marshmallows, white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and vanilla.










 The Bunny Silhouette Pillow Cover in our family room is now for sale in our shop! My sister, Jamie sketched out this adorable bunny for us! I love how it turned out. Perfect for Easter and spring! I also think it would be adorable in a nursery.

The Bunny Silhouette is also available as a paper cutout!


It's available in two different sizes and along with cream, is also available in a variety of pastel colors!


I hope you all have a blessed Thursday!



35 comments:

  1. Good morning Jennifer!

    Could you do a post about that gorgeous chair in your family room the bunny pillow is displayed on? Maybe you have in the past and I might have missed it but it is awesome! Cannot wait to get my bunny pillow cover! Thank you!

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    1. I will check and see if I can find the "before" shot of that chair. It was a orange velvet with cigarette holes in it. I think we paid around $20 for it at an antique mall in Indiana. I don't have the original pictures on this computer but I might have them saved on a disc. If I can find them I will do a post on the transformation of that chair.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Love your living room. So welcoming. Love the bunny pillow as well.
    How do you keep breakables within your little ones reach. Well trained little girls?????

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    1. Thank you! Lillie has always been really good about not touching things like that, however, I have to say now that Lola is starting to crawl and pull herself up on things she is starting to get into everything. I am guessing I will have to start moving things soon...she's turning into quite the little mischief maker =)

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  3. Looks beautiful!! Your handwriting has to be the best I've ever seen!

    Happy Thursday!

    ~*Jessica

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  4. What a beautiful frame Jeni...I wish my garage had hidden treasures like that...thank you for always inspiring..
    Xo
    Lu

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  5. When do you think you'll have the large cream silhouettes back in stock. Love all the bunnies. And I really admire your chalkboard abilities. Have you ever checked out Dana Tanamachi she is an amazing chalkboard artist?

    Thanks for always posting such inspiring posts...you always make me want to clean up my house, your's is always so picked up and clean!

    Lucinda

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    1. We have more in stock now!

      Oh my goodness! I just checked out Dana's site. She is extraordinary! Seriously - absolutely AMAZING! Not only is her chalk writing flawless so is her graphic design.

      And lastly don't worry - unless the girls are in bed or napping our hosue is often a disaster. =)

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  6. I love it Jennifer! That whole vignette looks beautiful, as does your family room!

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  7. YOU are our sunshine! Thank you for inspiring me. Now if I could only have penmanship like you... a girl can dream ;) Heading to the shop now. Thank you and your team for all your hard work! Happy Day! Hugs.

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  8. I love the chalk board! The frame is so pretty and it is the perfect size for that space! I have to admit, I loved the poster that became the chalkboard! lol I just ordered some of the bunny silhouettes! They are so cute!

    Hope you have a great day!

    Lou Cinda

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  9. Love this! I have an old one waiting for a project like this. I love it in the kitchen at kid level!

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  10. All so cute!!! You have GREAT penmanship!

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  11. So BEAUTIFUL! I've done a couple of chalkboard projects, love them. I just wish I could write like that not to mention your eye with a camera!

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  12. First i must say how adorable your home is...but what a great addition that chalkboard made to your room! love it! xoox

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  13. Love this!!! You handwriting is BEAUTIFUL!!! What a great idea!!!Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Great chalkboard, love the frame. And I adore your hot chocolate station!

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  15. I love the way you write on your chalkboards... It's too cute.

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  16. I love the quote "You are my sunshine"! My mom used to sing that song to my sister and I all the time when we were little girls. A friend of mine did a beautiful pallet painting of 2 little girls twirling with that quote...if you would like to see it, you can go to her blog:
    http://gracelangdon.blogspot.com/2012/01/pallet-project.html?spref=fb

    Beautiful chalkboard and words!

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  17. The chalkboard frame is beautiful(and what an unexpected find) and your penmanship is outstanding..I too love the bunny pillow..I think your home is beautiful and so warm and inviting..Have a great week..

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  18. Room is beautiful - your chalkboard looks so pretty with your writing! Lillie is adorable - think of all the great things you are teaching her. She looks so adorable painting - concentrating so hard! The bunny pillow is so sweet. Adorable post as always!

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  19. I love your handwriting! My chalkboard frame turned out just okay. The chalk doesn't write that well on it actually. Wonder if 3 coats isn't enough.

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  20. The framed chalkboard in the living room is a beautiful idea; a nice change from having a chalkboard in the kitchen. You have such a beautiful touch for decorating, and your ideas are so unique. I enjoyed seeing you on The Nate show the other day ~ I was half watching when I began to see a familiar face and familar house ~ you did a wonderful job!

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  21. Jennifer, I love your chalkboards! Do you freehand the writing?

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  22. Love your living room, actually all of your rooms, I'm actually making that wreath you have hanging in front of the big windows, the one like roses, It is taking a long time to make, but it looks beautiful in your house. You are great at designing.

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  23. Jennifer, could you please tell me what you used to write your saying. I don't think it would be chalk, is it white paint??? Thank you, Margie

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    1. Hi Margie - Believe it or not she just uses standard white children's chalk.

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  24. Jennifer,

    Love your sense of style and so thankful for your blog! I am a freak about my writing, but I can do NOTHING like what you've done with your boards. Got any tips? Do you base it off a certain font, or just do it yourself? I'm jealous and want to be that good! :)

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    1. Thanks! I wish I had some good tips but really it's just lots and lots of practice. I have enjoyed writing since I was little so it's just kind of my own made up little font and I wing it as I go. =) I know that's not much help though. =(

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  27. Can you please tell me a little more about your curtains in your kitchen and family room. I believe we have a similar style window with the smaller windows above the main windows. I see you list Penny's, but there are several pinch- pleat panels. I believe these are white, but I am not positive. I would most appreciate the information. Thank you!

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    1. Honestly, I got them for our last house years ago so I can't remember the name or exact color of them. I think the word "supreme" was in the name but that's all I really remember (it was long before I knew about blogging so I didn't think to keep track of that type of info). They are not a true white. More of a soft white or a very light ivory. Hope that helps a little.

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