Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I joined the chalk paint bandwagon…

Do request somewhat unusual birthday presents like I do?  I asked for Annie Sloan chalk paint *bought at for my birthday—and I got some!  (as well as the collection of labeled barbwire samples I also requested…)
I agree with all the bloggers who have exclaimed over the virtues of this paint!  It really makes creative painting easier and more fun.
My first completed project is a picture display board.

Really Rustic
Shabby Chic, less rustic.
I am still loving the shabby chic clothes pins.    The beautiful bride and handsome groom are my son and daughter-in-law.  They are expecting my first grandchild any day now….  (Can’t wait for that phone call, and the first time I get to hold my granddaughter!!)
The cards hanging from this second board are from a set of horse tarot cards.  (The Way of the Horse and The Tao of Equus are books by Linda Kohanov from which these cards evolved.  If you love horses and are into self understanding and self improvement these are really enjoyable books to read,)
For this project I simply painted a board, sanded some spots, and waxed.  I love the old weathered look it produced on the old board.  It is interesting how a little bit different process creates a different look on a smooth new board.  The newer board, I rubbed the paint after it dried which brought out different tones within the paint.  Working with this paint really reminds me of working with chalk pastels.  (Hmm, can you make paint with chalk pastels?  is that part of the secret of this paint?)


This is an easy project,  Drill a couple of holes in a board, use 18 gauge wire inserted through the holes and secured in back, shabbify some clothes pins to hang the pictures or ephemera, secure picture hangers on back and hang on a wall.  I can think of so many ways this project could be personalized or modified to fit different room designs. (Etsy anyone? )
I am linking up to these great blogs for their blog parties:

Transformation Thursday

Beyond The Picket Fence

Todays Creative Blog

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

My Repurposed Life


  1. I love this photo display and your blog! I need to crawl out my hole and get some of that chalk paint that everyone is lovin'! I'd love for you to share it today at my Pinkalicious Blog Party
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a New Party this Sunday, July 17th called The Barter Bazaar. Barter your wares with other bloggers for free shopping (maybe a little shipping $). Spread the word!

  2. Thanks Doll for sharing your awesome picture display today!


  3. Wow!! this is such a great project!! I'm pinning it!! I love the color, i love how simple it is, and I love the patterns on the close pins!! You have a great design eye!! :)
    -your newest follower!!

  4. I love your boards! the color is awesome!
    catching you next week,

  5. It turned out great! The cheapie in me is having a hard time splurging on the chalk paint--maybe soon though! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  6. Great color, love the clothespins! And congrats on becoming a Grandmother!

    would love to have you stop by and link up at my Chalk Paint Party

  7. As a five-months-ago gramma, it is the BEST!!! Have been wanting to try chalkpaint and just might do it. I think I stopped by via Beyond the Picket Fence? Nevertheless, glad I did.

    Much peace Gramma!


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